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1996 comedy movie written and directed by Creator/TomHanks, who also appears in a starring role.

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.

Naming themselves the 'One-ders' (as in Wonders) on the sound-for-the-time logic that a PunnyName worked for Music/TheBeatles, the band intends to perform a slow ballad written by Jimmy and Lenny called "That Thing You Do". The night of the comp, however, Guy leads them off at a much faster tempo than they'd rehearsed, giving them no choice but to transform it into a snappy pop number. ''Auteur'' Jimmy and easy-going Lenny are both upset (as is their nameless bass player)... until they see the crowds dancing in the aisles.

The new version takes off, earning them a gig at "that Italian place down by the airport" and inspiring them to make a recording to sell at the door. Eventually this attracts the attention of a local talent scout, who in turn introduces them to Mr. White (Tom Hanks), a record company executive who thinks he can take them to the top -- but only if they agree to change their name.

With their record zooming up the charts, hordes of screaming fans greeting them at every stop on tour and a gig on ''The Hollywood Television Showcase'', the sky's the limit for the newly renamed Wonders... until they start trying to cope with success.... and Guy develops a not-unreciprocated interest in Jimmy's girlfriend Faye Dolan (Creator/LivTyler).

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!!''ThatThingYouDo'' contains examples of:
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Mr. White banks on this, playing up Guy as the "bad boy" of the Wonders. In reality he's probably the sweetest and most grounded member of the band.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Jimmy, who clearly has at least some Hispanic in his ethnic makeup -- which may be why, late in the film, Mr. White insists that the band re-record their hit in Spanish.
** Not likely. In the context of the movie's time period, it was actually pretty common for record labels to have their artists re-record hit songs in other languages for foreign markets (especially Europe). This is why we have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfqOJH50SkE "Ring of Fire" in Spanish]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsroZsZbY2Y "She Loves You" in German]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivZXPfkIJ5I "(Theme from) The Monkees" in Italian]].
* AffectionateParody: Of those early-1960s {{One Hit Wonder}}s formed after the success of Music/TheBeatles in the United States, and TheBritishInvasion that resulted.
* BerserkButton: The local talent show host doesn't take heckling well:
-->'''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.
* TheBritishInvasion
* CoolShades: Mr. White gives Guy a pair when he signs the band, and renames him 'Shades' in the process. "Wear them at all times. They're your trademark."
* {{Defictionalization}}:
** Tom Hanks named his production company [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playtone Playtone]] after the fictional "Play-Tone Records" in the film.
** Additionally, on the soundtrack CD, there are songs by fictional stars The Vicksburgs, The Heardsmen, and Del Paxton, all of whom were mentioned in the movie but never actually shown performing.
** As part of the promo tie-in, many radio stations at the time placed the title track on regular rotation, crediting the song just as they would for an actual band. Some stations are ''still'' doing this more than a decade later.
* {{Earworm}}: the one-hit Wonders' one hit, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzllVlzzeuo That Thing You Do]]" .
* ExcitedShowTitle: Based on an Excited Song Title in-universe.
* TheFaceOfTheBand: InvokedTrope; Mr White gives Guy a pair of CoolShades to make him stand out.
* FakeBand: Pretty much every band or singer shown or mentioned in the film.
* FiveManBand: Played in two configurations:
** Mr. White markets them this way:
*** TheHero: Jimmy
*** TheLancer: "Shades"
*** TheBigGuy: Lenny
*** TheSmartGuy: [[NoNameGiven The Bass Player]]
*** TheChick: Faye
** But in reality...
*** TheHero: Guy
*** TheLancer: Lenny
*** TheBigGuy: The Bass Player
*** TheSmartGuy: Jimmy
*** TheChick: Faye
* GarageBand
* GarageRock
* GroupieBrigade
* IAmSpartacus: Guy shouts this [[CatchPhrase several times]] at key moments. Naturally, it becomes more and more ironic.
* InsufferableGenius: Jimmy. Even Mr. White states it. He's the only member of the band to continue producing pop music, although Faye and Guy end up as music teachers and open their own school.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: A running gag about the band's name; it's supposed to be pronounced "ONE-ders" (as in a pun on 'Wonders'). It's usually pronounced "Oh-NEE-ders". At one point, an exasperated, but apathetic Lenny corrects the restaurant owner at their first gig: "Hey, that's 'oh-NEH-ders...'"
* JerkAss: Jimmy. Broadly hinted throughout -- he tries to weasel Lenny out of his writing credit for "That Thing You Do" in the first ten minutes of the movie -- gradually building to an ''epic'' case by the climax.
* JerkassFacade: Minor case; Mr. White acts like a typical hard-nosed studio executive, but is a pretty decent guy when all is said and done. Of course, he's played by Tom Hanks, [[TypeCasting so this is probably to be expected.]]
* LoveTriangle: Part of the tension of the movie stems from the love triangle between Jimmy, Faye and Guy. [[spoiler: Although it's Jimmy who thinks that marrying Faye would be bad for the band, [[WhatTheHellHero and his dumping her for this reason is seen by the other band members as rather tasteless.]]]]
* MagicalNegro: Lamarr, the the doorman at the Ambassador Hotel, who directs Guy where to meet his idol and encourages him to pursue Faye.
* MyspeldRokband: Parodied. No one can pronounce "the Oneders" correctly.
* 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.
* OneHitWonder: The titular song. There's [[{{Foreshadowing}} a clue in the band-name]]; the 'One-ders' (i.e 'One (Hit Won)ders').
** {{Lampshaded}} by GenreSavvy Mr. White.
--->'''Guy:''' But we still have a hit record.
--->'''Mr. White:''' Yes, you do. The one-hit Wonders. ''(smiles at Guy)'' A ''very'' common tale.
* ThePeteBest: Chad, the drummer who broke his arm the night before the One-ders took off. He ends up taking Guy's place at the appliance shop when the band goes on tour.
** The incident is a great example of a FunnyBackgroundEvent. Apparently parking meters and slippery hands don't mix.
--->'''T.B. Player''': Guys ... Chad fell down.
** To a lesser extent, T.B. Player, given that he's replaced just before the band's national television debut.
* PunnyName: "One-ders", "Heardsmen", "Chordvettes"...Jimmy seems to have a real fondness for these.
* RealLifeRelative: Tom Hanks' wife plays the waitress at the jazz club. His son Colin plays an usher.
* ReCut: In 2007 an "Extended Edition" DVD was released with more than half an hour of additional scenes. Both cuts of the film are included on the Blu-ray release.
* RunningGag:
** Mr. White telling them, "You guys look great in [insert color of suits the band is wearing today], have I mentioned that?"
** Guy leaving the "Patterson's Appliance" sign on in the first half of the movie.
* ShoutOut:
** Numerous to Music/TheBeatles and other pop music acts of the early 1960s. Guy also name-checks several jazz artists at one point.
** Several characters have names which are references to astronaut characters in ''Apollo 13'' (Haise, Mattingly, White). And astronaut Gus Grissom is a guest on ''The Hollywood Television Showcase,'' which is itself a ShoutOut to the ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'' and ''Hollywood Palace''.
*** And yet another Shout Out: the "CAREFUL GIRLS, HE'S ENGAGED" is a direct reference to Music/TheBeatles' performance on ''Ed Sullivan'', when John Lennon had the subtitle "SORRY GIRLS, HE'S MARRIED."
** Mr. White expecting the band to re-record "That Thing You Do!" in Spanish may be a shout out to the Beatles' re-recording of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" in German (as "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" and "Sie Liebt Dich").
** There's a scene where Sol Siler addresses Mr. White as "Andy". Andy White was the session drummer used on the second (hit) recording of the Beatles' "Love Me Do".
** There's a montage/MusicVideo sequence of the "Play-Tone Caravan of Stars" that's straight out of ''TheMonkees.''
** The Wonders have a cameo role in an [[BeachEpisode Annette Funicello/Frankie Avalon-style teen film]], ''Weekend at Party Pier.''
*** The character of "Goofball" in the beach movie could just as well be named "[[GilligansIsland Gilligan]]".
** Lenny is apparently a big fan of ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'' and ''TheBeverlyHillbillies''.
** Another slightly oblique Beatles Shout Out; "That Thing You Do" starts off as a slow ballad, but when Guy ups the tempo of the drumbeat, turning it into a quick-paced pop song, it becomes a very popular #1 hit. Something similar happened with "Please Please Me", which was originally written as a Roy Orbison-style crooner, but it didn't really click with the band and the producer until they sped it up a bit -- and it ended up becoming the Beatles' first ever #1 hit.
* ShownTheirWork:
** All the actors that make up The Wonders are actually playing their own instruments and singing, the result of months spent rehearsing as a ''de facto'' band prior to filming. (Asked about the many reps of the song throughout the movie, Tom Everett Scott pointed out that "We had to hear it a lot more than anyone else!")
** The film does a very good job of getting period details such as cars, clothes, and signage right. The guitars are also correct--at the beginning the boys have appropriate garage-band instruments for the era, and later they get equally appropriate upgrades.
** In the talent show performance of "That Thing You Do," where Guy springs a faster tempo on the rest of the band than they'd rehearsed, Jimmy and Lenny are believably "behind the beat" for most of the first verse and don't really get in sync until halfway through the song.
** During his argument with Faye after the TV appearance Jimmy is shown changing his guitar strings. This is a good idea for anyone planning on recording the next day (as he is) since it will give it a "fresher" sound.
* TheSixties
* {{Spoonerism}}: Star-struck at meeting his idol Del Paxton, Guy blurts out, "You are my biggest fan."
* StraightGay: [[spoiler:Mr. White]] in the extended DVD version.
* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: Done ''in song'' during a recording session, no less.
* TemptingFate: Naming your fledgling band "[[OneHitWonder The Oneders/Wonders]]".
* ThingOMeter: The local contest is determined by an "applause-o-meter" where a homecoming queen (or something) moves her arm in response to audience encouragement. When the Wonders "break the needle" she whips her arms from one side to the other, clearly defining them as "Wicked".
* VarietyShow: ''The Hollywood Television Showcase,'' an AffectionateParody (or ShoutOut) to ''The Ed Sullivan Show'' or ''Hollywood Palace''.
* WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt: They've got ''one'' song, which is a runaway hit, and you want to call them the ''Wonders''? It's even {{lampshaded}} by Mr. White when [[spoiler:Jimmy quits]]:
--> "Yes, you still have a hit record... the one-hit Wonders. A very common tale."
* WhatTheHellHero:
-->'''Guy''': Why ''couldn't'' you have dumped her in Pittsburgh?
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue:
** Jimmy made more hit records for Playtone and now works as a record producer in Los Angeles.
** Guy and Faye got married, had four kids, and founded a music school in Washington state.
** Lenny manages a casino in Nevada.
** T.B. was decorated for his service in the Siege of Khe Sanh and is a building contractor in Florida.
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