“Ricki and The Flash” shines brighter than expected

“Ricki and The Flash,” directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield and Mamie Gummer breaks through negative expectations and a poor final act, making it a good film.

This may be a first for me, but I praise screenwriter Diablo Cody. For the most part, Cody’s work comes off as pretentious. 

This movie disregards that quality and portrays an excellence not seen in most films.


It starts with an old celebrity past her prime attempting to reconnect with her neglected family, and puts a feminine spin on it.  

But Cody goes beyond just putting a woman in the role; the character generally comes off as a bad individual. She is selfish and lets people she cares about fall to the wayside. Making a strong, dynamic character is more than just having them accomplish goals, it is also about seeing them fail.

“Ricki and The Flash” only fails in one aspect — but it is a huge aspect; an entire section of the film bombs by completely misses striking the audience.

Stars: 3 out of 5.

Jacob Pierce can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @JacobPierce1_DE.