Meryl Streep plays an aging rocker that is drawn back into her estranged family’s lives. Although she has been alienated from her them and receives considerable abuse and distress, she shows strength of character and real value as a parent. She is also a genuine friend to her former husband and daughter who is suffering a nervous breakdown. This film is a comedy, and has the expected feel good ending. Much of the humour is dark and there are some very intense moments between the characters, particularly when Ricki arrives at her husband’s opulent home. The family is profoundly dysfunctional and has scapegoated Ricki as being the cause of this. However, she proves to be a breath of fresh air and does more to genuinely help her daughter than expensive therapy. Some of the scenes at this point of the film are quite painful and moving. The film deals with the problems faced by parents who have been ejected from their children’s lives, which is shown in Ricki’s situation and that of her band mate and partner Greg. Despite the fact that she’s moved on and her husband’s second wife has usurped her position and perpetuated the rot within the family, Ricki acknowledges the pain and suffering that her choices have brought about for her and her children. I’m not particularly a Meryl Streep fan, but I was captivated by her performance. Despite some of the twee and clichéd moments it’s a strong film that deals some serious social issues.