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Return to Me
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Starring: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O'Conner, Bonnie Hunt, Jim Belushi
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: MGM Pictures
Kiddie Movie: She'll bring you along, but it's not that bad so go happily.
Date Movie: The movie is PG so there's nothing too bad in it, but it's an adult story so they might get bored.
Gratuitous Sex: Nope.
Gratuitous Violence: Nope.
Action: Nope.
Laughs: Some chuckles and cute spots.
Memorable Scene: Any time the old dudes are together, and the back and forth sequence showing Bob losing his wife and Grace getting her heart.
Memorable Quote: Megan to Joe in front of the kids: "Don't say 'hell' you son of a bitch!"
Directed By: Bonnie Hunt
Produced By: Jennie Lew Tugend

Return to Me
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:55 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Yes, Iíll admit. I got weepy during "Return to Me." And from the sniffles I heard around me, Iím assuming a lot of others in the theater did too, or else everyone had a cold at the same time. But "Return to Me" wasnít just a tear-jerker, it wasnít just a comedy, it was a good movie telling a nice story and was able to do that without overusing swear words, leaving out sex, and would be a movie that my mom would probably comment something like "If this movie can tell a nice story without all of that sex, why canít other movies do it too?"

"Return to Me" tells the story of Bob (David Duchovny) and Grace (Minnie Driver). Bob is married to Elizabeth, who sadly dies in a car crash. Grace is in the hospital, waiting for a new heart. Grace gets Elizabethís heart. About a year later, Bob is still working getting over Elizabeth, Grace is struggling with the closure that one person had to die so that she could live, and they meet at OíReillyís Italian Restaurant where Grace is waitressing for her grandpa who owns the place and Bob is there on a blind date set up by his buddy. Bob immediately likes Grace, Grace likes Bob, and all is well except neither of them know, at the time, how Elizabeth fits into the picture, mostly because Grace is too chicken to tell Bob she had a heart transplant. So, yea, eventually Grace figures out where her heart came from, she tells Bob, and they live happily ever after once they both sort it all out.

Itís a nice story, with no surprises, yet still makes you laugh at times, makes you weepy at times, and does so with a PG rating. Along with the "just nice" story of Bob and Grace, "Return to Me" wouldnít nearly click as nicely without just about a perfect cast, and the perfect of them consisting of the sometimes dopey but always meaning well Jim Belushi cast as Meganís (Bonnie Hunt) husband, Joe; Megan herself as the Graceís best friend, and the scene stealerís throughout the movie are the four old dudes, with Carroll OíConnor leading the pact as Marty, Graceís grandfather, all of them with the wisdom of older people and the hearts of kids, trying their best to get Bob and Grace together.

So, yea, "Return to Me" doesnít do anything to surprise you, and thatís okay sometimes. Sometimes a movie just has to tell a nice story, have lovable characters, and maybe bring a tear to your eye and then give you a chuckle. "Return to Me" does just that.

And with that, Iím giving "Return to Me" 4 stars out of 5. It was good to see that a movie can bring emotion without a tragic car/death scene, can give you a nice love story with gratuitous sex (maybe Iím just getting old), and had some of the most entertaining group of older folk since "Grumpy Old Men."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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