YMMV / That Thing You Do!

  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Not really noticeable unless you're paying attention. Listen to just how many times the movie plays through "That Thing You Do". When the band is starting out, it's a catchy tune, for some bordering on Awesome Music. But then they play it for the recording session, then on the radio, then on tour, and then, and then, and then. By the end of the movie, no matter how much you liked it, you're starting to get just a little bit tired of hearing it so many times in a row. Which is exactly what it's like to listen to a one-hit wonder, a decent song overexposed all to hell until the audience is sick of it.
      • Since the band are the main characters, it might also be a reflection of what it's like to be a one hit wonder: By the end of the movie, you're probably as sick of the song as its fictional performers would be at that point.
    • One of the reasons for the constant mispronunciation of the band name as "O-NEE-ders" may be that Oneida, NY is not very far away from Erie, PA and a fellow Great Lakes town. The locals probably think they're stating they're from Oneida.
  • Funny Moments: Anytime Steve Zahn as Lenny opens his mouth.
    Restaurant Manager: (fanning a wad of bills) Do you know what this is?
    Lenny: Presidential flashcards?
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • When Faye hears "That Thing You Do" on the radio for the first time, and dashes down the street to tell everyone else. Also a Funny Moment, since she's running down the street shrieking, scares the bass player — and then they both barrel into Guy's father's store and cause a huge scene jumping around with the rest of the band.
    • After the TV show, Guy tells Faye sincerely how gorgeous she looks. (Nobody else has.)
    • The very quiet, very careful scene between Guy and Faye near the end, after Jimmy has left her and the band. "Gentlemen... I'd forgotten what you fellas look like."
    • Every scene between Faye and Guy counts, like when he insists to the band's first manager that she comes to Pittsburgh with them, or where she comes down with the flu and only Guy is shown worrying about and caring for her.
    • A minor moment, but when the band see their first 45 record with "That Thing You Do" on it, Jimmy strokes the B-side song reverently. He really is Doing It for the Art.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: That Jimmy is a Jerkass is undeniable, but at the same time his frustration is legitimate. Mr. White is taking control of what was supposed to be his band, going as far as replacing the bass player without even consulting the band. Then after months of asking when they would get to cut a record, Jimmy is told that he'll only get one original per side, one of which is presumably "That Thing You Do" meaning he only gets to do one new song of his own. Add to this his being overshadowed in popularity by Guy and by the end of the movie The Wonders are simply not his band anymore.
    • He has a point until you realize that he wouldn't be where he is without Guy, both as a band member and by changing the tempo of the song. Jimmy seems to like love ballads ("That Thing You Do" was originally one, the B-side "All My Only Dreams" still is one, and Mr. White tells Jimmy he doesn't want any "lover's lament crap" on the album. He wants something up tempo and snappy.) Jimmy also didn't want a manager in the first place, without which he could not have gotten the exposure that he did.
    • Jimmy seems to be obsessed with said "lover's lament" ballads because he thinks True Art Is Angsty and ignores his own loving and devoted girlfriend (and in the extended cut it's implied he cheated on her with Tina Powers during the State Fair tour).
    • His next band, "The Heardsmen", sign a record contract with the same company, Playtone. One has to wonder if an older and wiser Jimmy paid close attention to the contract before signing, and knew what to expect.