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|Return to Me
Why is it that nice girls are always good with animals? And strong, smart guys are
architects with construction companies? Is it built into them, like on a strand of
DNA, or is Hollywood just really boring and unoriginal?Ooh! Can I pick the second one?
"Itís Robert Loggia!"
Return To Me pulls from cliches. Of course it does. I mean, after all- this is a
romantic comedy. The very first romantic comedy, way back in ancient Greece was
probably already tired. Originality is not why you walk into a movie like this. Iím not
clear on the reason you do, but you do, and so does everyone else. The formula must be
driven so deeply into us that we need doses of it. Itís a drug. Without it, how bitchy
would people be? Think about it.
Bob: Heís one of our lead characters. Heís a strong, smart architect with his own
construction company. He has a dog named Mel and a wife named Elizabeth. We like
him because heís funny, sorrowful, and distraught...all at the right times. Never was a guy
so perfectly in touch with his surroundings. He melds, he thrives. We definitely like Bob.
Elizabeth: Bobís wife. Caretaker to Sydney. Teaches sign language to apes and
fundraises. An all around goodhearted chick. We like her. But itís not really that
important that we like Elizabeth. She dies, a very sad, sympathetic death that makes us
empathize for Bob, who has an opportunity to show his soft side. It also leaves Bob a
single man. Oh, baby. Sounds great.
Grace: Poor Grace, she needs a heart transplant. Sheís rather going to die without one.
Oh! Look at this! What a convenient death. Be happy for Grace, sheís getting a heart.
How sweet and sympathetic. We like Grace, too.
Mel: Undoubtedly the coolest character we have, and possibly the most expressive.
Mel is strong, and loyal, and sympathetic. Plus, heís got those adorable puppydog eyes
everyone loves so much. He likes to eat white rice with his dinner, right over on the
Sydney: Without Sydney, there would be no movie. Heís the monkey who we learn is the
reason for Elizabethís whole cause. Hence Bobís cause, hence Graceís life. Grace owes
her life to a signing monkey. Perspective.
Then thereís a bunch of other people who mean nothing. Quite honestly, nothing. Four
old guys are there for comic relief--which would be great if they were more than slightly
amusing. Graceís family members, who actually are funny. And David Alan Grier. Do
we like him? Maybe. Heís actually kind of unpleasant, but we might like him anyway.
So there are the characters, and thereís a basic plot...but does it work?
Sure. Itís not brilliance by any means. But good, amiable performances and a humorous
script do nothing to hurt it. Itís well structured, well supported and all around good fun.
There are even some points that deviate from the romantic comedy cliche.Donít worry, though, itís still predictable enough to fill your craving.
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originally posted: 04/08/00 21:29:57