History Film / ThatThingYouDo

16th Jul '17 9:28:35 AM Manny20444
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It's 1964 in Erie, PA, not long after TheBritishInvasion. Reluctant appliance salesman / fervent amateur jazz drummer Guy "Skitch" Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) is drafted into a garage band formed by friends Jimmy Mattingly (Johnathon Schaech) and Lenny Haise (Steve Zahn), as a one-time favour -- their original drummer broke his arm the day before the big local talent competition.

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It's 1964 in Erie, PA, not long after TheBritishInvasion. Reluctant appliance salesman / fervent amateur jazz drummer Guy "Skitch" Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) (Creator/TomEverettScott) is drafted into a garage band formed by friends Jimmy Mattingly (Johnathon Schaech) and Lenny Haise (Steve Zahn), as a one-time favour -- their original drummer broke his arm the day before the big local talent competition.
25th Jun '17 6:41:40 PM lorgskyegon
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* TheDanza: Rita Wilson as the Blue Spot waitress Marguerite (her birth name is Margarita Ibrahimoff).
20th Jun '17 8:51:41 AM Taskmaster123
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* EveryoneHasStandards: Each person in the room, even the session bass player who is only there to fill in and has no emotional connection to anyone in the band, is thoroughly disgusted with Jimmy's incredibly harsh break-up with Faye. Mr. White's expression makes it clear he thinks Jimmy is nothing but a piece of shit.
5th Feb '17 7:15:32 AM DoctorNemesis
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** The band's very name in all of its iterations (One-ders, Wonders) is a pretty big clue of what [[OneHitWonder their eventual fate]] after "That Thing You Do!" is going to be.

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** The band's very name in all of its iterations (One-ders, Wonders) is itself a pretty big clue of what [[OneHitWonder their eventual fate]] after "That Thing You Do!" is going to be.
5th Feb '17 7:14:58 AM DoctorNemesis
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Del chuckles when Guy says he's in a band, telling him that he's been in dozens of bands. They get together and break apart. Guy should have taken that as a warning.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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Del chuckles when Guy says he's in a band, telling him that he's been in dozens of bands. They get together and break apart. Guy should have taken that as a warning.warning.
** The band's very name in all of its iterations (One-ders, Wonders) is a pretty big clue of what [[OneHitWonder their eventual fate]] after "That Thing You Do!" is going to be.
17th Jan '17 1:42:20 PM StarSword
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* ArcWords: "I am Spartacus."

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* ArcWords: Guy is fond of quoting "I am Spartacus."Spartacus" from, well, ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' (which had come out four years before the InUniverse date), which serves to nicely describe the movie's arc.



-->'''Emcee:''' How do you sell a chicken to a deaf man?
-->'''Heckler''': You're a jerkhead!
-->'''Emcee''': '[[DudeNotFunny Hey! Would you like to buy a chicken?!]]'
-->'''Heckler''': Eat my shorts, Captain!
-->'''Emcee''': SHUT UP!!! [''away from mic''] I'll kick your ass.

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-->'''Emcee:''' How do you sell a chicken to a deaf man?
-->'''Heckler''':
man?\\
'''Heckler''':
You're a jerkhead!
-->'''Emcee''':
jerkhead!\\
'''Emcee''':
'[[DudeNotFunny Hey! Would you like to buy a chicken?!]]'
-->'''Heckler''':
chicken?!]]'\\
'''Heckler''':
Eat my shorts, Captain!
-->'''Emcee''':
Captain!\\
'''Emcee''':
SHUT UP!!! [''away from mic''] I'll kick your ass.



* CreativeDifferences: InUniverse, this is why the band eventually breaks up in a nutshell: the bass player enlists in the Marines (which given the time period probably means Vietnam) and is replaced with a Playtone session bassist, Lenny elopes with a groupie, and then Jimmy {{Rage Quit}}s over being ordered to do a cover album instead of original songs.



*** TheLancer: "Shades"

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*** TheLancer: "Shades""Shades" (that is, Guy)


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* RageQuit: The last straw for Jimmy is being told by Mr. White that they're going to get to do a second album finally, only for him to dictate under terms of their contract that it will be a cover album rather than original songs. Jimmy quits the band instead, leaving Guy the only original One-der left.
4th Oct '16 8:05:43 AM Chariset
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* NoNameGiven: The band's sweetly nerdy bass guitarist (played by Ethan Embry) is never actually named in the film -- another nod to the ephemeral nature of the band. In the epilogue, he's finally identified as "T. B. Player"... that is, '''T'''he '''B'''ass '''P'''layer.

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* NoNameGiven: The band's sweetly nerdy bass guitarist (played by Ethan Embry) is never actually named in the film -- another nod to the ephemeral nature of the band. In the epilogue, he's finally identified as "T. B. Player"... that is, '''T'''he '''B'''ass '''P'''layer. (Embry himself decided his real name was "Tobias Player.")
10th Jul '16 11:29:23 PM AnotherGuy
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Del chuckles when Guy says he's in a band, telling him that he's been in dozens of bands. They get together and break apart. Guy should have taken that as a warning.
10th Jul '16 11:19:57 PM AnotherGuy
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* RealLifeRelative: Tom Hanks' real life wife plays the waitress who flirts with Guy and introduces him to his idol.
10th Jul '16 11:19:38 PM AnotherGuy
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* RealLifeRelative: Tom Hanks' real life wife plays the waitress who flirts with Guy and introduces him to his idol.
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