Ricki and the Flash review: Masterful mush

National Post

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It’s a little known rule of physics that every time Meryl Streep cries, an Oscar nomination drops from the boughs of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In Ricki and the Flash, watch as a single tear forms at the corner of Streep’s left eye. See it glisten, goldenly and portentously.

But she deserves it. In her latest role, Streep plays Ricki Rendazzo, a.k.a. Linda Brummell, a California rock chick almost as old as rock itself. She’s clearly talented – she’s got Rick Springfield on lead guitar, for Pete’s sake, plus a bunch of other bona fide musical legends backing her up as “the Flash” – but Ricki isn’t quitting her day job as a cashier at…

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