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Return to Me
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by Ophelia13

"Itís Robert Loggia!"
4 stars

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?

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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User Comments

6/17/18 Anne predictable 3 stars
2/28/17 Suzanne such a sweet movie; one of my favorites 5 stars
1/07/09 Rachel minnie driver and david duchovny had great chemistry! 4 stars
1/17/06 cody a touching film that was very well acted and it sentimental movie that hits your heart hard 4 stars
11/13/04 Jennifer One of the best EVER 5 stars
9/13/04 tatum Wonderful, and very funny 5 stars
7/17/03 Chris This is my favorite movie ever. I've seen it 47 times in two years. A masterpiece. 5 stars
4/15/03 JL This is a very good, sweet movie, with some really funny parts thanks to Hunt & Belushi . 5 stars
5/16/02 The Skating Peppercorn Yodelers A bit too quirky, but leads are at their most charming. 4 stars
5/14/02 Blake This movie was sad but awsome! 5 stars
12/29/01 Sara best film that I have ever seen! 5 stars
8/24/01 hilary pretty bad 2 stars
8/12/01 Lucie B Sweet,romantic and funny. Duchovny is charming the entire cast is just great. 4 stars
6/04/01 Psyko Doug Good story, good acting, the old men are hilareous. Not a chick flick- a good movie. 5 stars
2/10/01 Melanie Perera I loved the innocence and simplicity of their relationship 5 stars
12/18/00 natasha I want Bonnie Hunt to star in her movies! 4 stars
12/11/00 Nikki Laughed & cried....great movie 5 stars
10/25/00 Pearl Loved this movie 5 stars
8/15/00 rosangela Adorable film. David Duchovny is superb! 5 stars
8/06/00 Belinda Seen it all before, get the video or wait for Foxtel. 3 stars
7/09/00 Andrew J. Not a classic, but quite good. Can we get more movies from Bonnie Hunt please? 4 stars
5/05/00 Katsat Sweet, enjoyable movie. Funny, touching & entertaining.My hubby liked it, too. 4 stars
4/18/00 Linda I thought it was a great feel good movie. I also think it was a great vehicle for David D 4 stars
4/12/00 mrhide it's a chick's flick 3 stars
4/09/00 Malbert I thought I was going to hate this...I loved it, it was too cute! 5 stars
4/04/00 Pat A film with heart. Sweet and innocent. Hilariously funny. Great performances by all. 4 stars
2/18/00 Andi C. A good date movie 4 stars
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  03-Aug-2000 (M)

Directed by
  Bonnie Hunt

Written by
  Don Lake

  David Duchovny
  Minnie Driver
  Carroll O'Connor
  Robert Loggia
  James Belushi
  Bonnie Hunt

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