There’s this weird simpatico between Meryl Streep and her character in “Ricki and the Flash” (2015). Ricki is a washed-up rock musician and we see a lot of the washed-uppedness, with her waking up looking like a wreck, having to work at a grocery store (echoes of “The Wrestler”), close-ups of her taking her makeup off, etc. And you’re seeing a stripped-down Meryl having to play a real person, not someone with a foreign accent, or from 200 years ago, or anything like that. It doesn’t make this average family dramedy any better, but it does make it more interesting.

 

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