If you loved Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia! then wait until you see her amazing portrayal of a guitar goddess in Ricki and the Flash. Streep plays Ricki, the lead singer in a blues bar cover band who must set aside her rock and roll lifestyle when she learns that her estranged daughter Julie, (played by her real life daughter Mamie Gummer) is in trouble. Ricki, who walked out on her husband and children in order for follow her musical dreams gets a frosty reception, but her bohemian attitude may be just what her daughter needs to help her turn her life around.
With a warm, witty script courtesy of award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body), Ricki and the Flash is the perfect film for anyone who has ever wished they could give it all up, grab a guitar and escape all their responsibilities. It’s packed full of live performances and bursting with authenticity – the legendary Rick Springfield even stars as Greg, the lead guitarist of Meryl’s band. Kevin Kline, Sebastian Stan and Nick Westrate play Ricki’s ex-husband and sons.
If you missed Ricki and the Flash first time round in cinemas there’s still time to grab the DVD before Christmas. The family tensions will have you cringing and giggling in equal measures. In our exclusive clip, the fabulous Meryl herself talks about why the film’s subject of failure was such a fascinating aspect for her. Check it out for a sneak preview.
Ricki and the Flash is out on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD on December 28th.