Streep turns into rocker for ‘Ricki and the Flash’ (Our grade: B-)

Rick Springfield and Meryl Streep star in "Ricki and the Flash."

Rick Springfield and Meryl Streep star in “Ricki and the Flash.”

Jane Sumner – Special to the Austin American-Statesman

“Ricki and the Flash” opens with seven minutes of hard-core rock ’n’ roll, proving director Jonathan Demme still owns the groove that 31 years ago made the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense” one of the great, nearly perfect concert films.

Here Demme directs a super group he put together for this family dramatic comedy with three legendary sidemen, including Neil Young bassist Rick Rosas, who died shortly after filming, a lean, tall pop idol-1980s heartthrob as lead guitar and a red-hot tattooed mama with three Oscars as singer-guitarist.

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