Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Movie Review: “Ricki and the Flash” Playing at the Coronado Village Theater

Meryl Streep puts on the performance of a lifetime in this dramatic, feel good film of the summer. Streep delicately balances her persona of Ricki, a wannabe big time musician confined to playing gigs at a local bar as well as being chained to the role of Linda, absentee Mom to three and divorce.

This story addresses the difficulty in not only finding who you are and embracing that person, but also not giving a damn what others think of you. Ricki is well aware of the unintentional pain she caused her family (her husband Pete played by Kevin Kline, her daughter Julie played by Mamie Gummer, her son Josh played by Sebastian Stan, and her son Adam played by Nick Westrate) and although she brushes it under the rug the pain of the past is still evident and very real. Ricki has to face the choices she made in the past, and also battles wanting to be accepted for the her alternative lifestyle while struggling to accept her children and their diverse lifestyles including her gay son, her vegan son, and her suicidal daughter.

Movie goer, Peggy, says that “It was an enjoyable movie with good music but a predictable ending. Meryl gave an excellent performance. I actually like the daughter the best”.

The film is heavy at times but also a lot of fun. Rick Springfield plays Ricki’s boyfriend of sorts, Greg, who is in her band, and Ricki shows the family that through all of their drama there is still a lot of laughter to be had.

Rated: PG-13

Run time: 1 hour 33 minutes

See showtimes here.


Alyssa Ballard

Staff Writer

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Alyssa K. Burns
Alyssa K. Burns
Alyssa is a graduate of Coronado High School and was in the founding broadcast journalism class at CHS. She earned her BA in Communication from CSU East Bay and completed her MBA from CSU San Marcos. Her passion for writing and interest in the behind the scenes of business, leads her to write frequently about Coronado businesses. You can find Alyssa walking around the ferry landing with her husband and shih-tzu terrier or enjoying a cup of coffee at one of Coronado's favorite cafes.Have a story for The Coronado Times to cover? Send news tips or story ideas to: [email protected]