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Peggy Sue Got Married



80s time-warp tale is meaty teen-parent viewing.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1986
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Given the opportunity to change her future, Peggy Sue realizes she makes mostly the same decisions.


An angry Charlie roughly pushes Peggy Sue against the wall.


Peggy Sue discusses her husband's affair with a "bimbo." Back in the past, several couples kiss passionately, especially at a dimly lit "make-out party." Peggy Sue asks Charlie for sex, but he awkwardly refuses. In a later scene, they're obviously about to make love on the floor of a greenhouse (no nudity whatsoever). While in 1960, Peggy Sue also sleeps with the school's beatnik poet on a picnic blanket.


Occasional religious exclamations like "God!" or "God damn," as well as the standard PG-13 curses: "ass," "bitch," "s--t," etc. Several euphemisms for sex are used (intercourse, go to bed, make love, etc.), and Peggy Sue calls Charlie's penis various names ("thrill hammer," "thing," "Lucky Chucky," to name a few).


Several inventions are mentioned but not their brands: running sneakers, computer chips, panty hose, etc.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

At the pivotal high school reunion, two characters are shown about to snort cocaine and others drink and smoke cigarettes. Back in 1960, Peggy Sue drinks in several scenes -- from her parents' liquor stash, with friends at a party, and at a lounge. She also smokes "reefer." Older men smoke pipes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Francis Ford Coppola's fantasy dramedy focuses on a 45-year-old Peggy Sue waking up in her 17-year-old body. With another chance to live her high school life, she decides to explore her wild side by rebelling (she drinks from her parents' liquor cabinet) and sleeping with the school's mysterious loner. But she also decides to be kind to the class nerd and reevaluate her decision to marry her popular boyfriend. Most of the issues she deals with (sex, partying, life after high school) still resonate today with teens.

What's the story?

At her 25th high school reunion, Peggy Sue Bodell (Kathleen Turner), recently separated from her high school sweetheart Charlie (Nicolas Cage), passes out and wakes up in her 17-year-old body. After realizing she's not dead, just stuck in her 1960 self, Peggy Sue decides to take advantage of her second chance at adolescence. Once she comes to terms with her strange situation, Peggy Sue exudes a confidence and maturity that belies her physical age. She befriends the class nerd (a future Bill Gates-type billionaire) and enjoys a starry night of passion and poetry with the school's sexy beatnik (a magnetic Kevin J. O'Connor).

Is it any good?


In 1986, Turner gave one of her career-best performances as the titular character in Francis Ford Coppola's touching time-travel fantasy, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED. (She's been out of the Hollywood system for so long, it's easy to forget that she was once an A-list actress.) Remarkably, Turner, with her eyes ablaze and her smile aglow, perfectly conveys every moment of her character's new youth. The energy is in her voice, her looks, her smiles, her movements. In nearly every scene, Turner sells the performance with such relish, it makes another try at senior year incredibly appealing.

In addition to seeing Turner at her best, Peggy Sue features early performances from Cage (who's Coppola's nephew), Jim Carrey, and the director's own young daughter Sofia as the pesky little sister. It's telling that two decades later, it's those supporting players, and not Turner, who are Hollywood stars. If Turner knew then what she knows now...

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about adolescent angst and sexuality. Although it's not common for high school sweethearts to marry right after graduation anymore, it still opens up a discussion of teen relationships and what the pressures are these days. How have attitudes toward adolescent sex changed since 1960? Since Peggy Sue says "if I knew then what I know now," parents can share what they would do differently if given a second chance at high school. Kids: If you could change a decision you made in the past, what would it be?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 10, 1986
DVD/Streaming release date:August 12, 1998
Cast:Barry Miller, Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage
Director:Francis Ford Coppola
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13

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Teen, 17 years old Written bycopperzinc April 3, 2009
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byNovalita August 30, 2012

useful film

I think every teenager should see this movie. I'm still not exactly sure what the moral of the story is, but still a very useful film to see. Especially when teens start to date.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 13 year old Written bycolten97 October 10, 2012

a classic - in the same mold as "Field of Dreams" and "Frequency"

I rented this film the other night when I knew I would be alone - that's just the way I have to watch this, alone - guess I'm not comfortable with people seeing me cry. I cried when it was in the theatres in 1986 and I've seen it maybe 10 times now - and it gets me each and every time, as if I were watching for the very first time! Sorry to drone on, but it has just the right touch - you've heard a lot of comparisons with "Back to the Future" - believe me, it isn't! If you liked the two movies I mentioned in my header, especially "Frequency" since it is about to be released on video - you will love this film! Kathleen Turner was excellent - I have seen Debra Winger in several films, including "Terms of Endearment" and though I respect her as an actress, she just couldn't have done this part justice. Nicolas Cage was great in his role - the whiny voice was a bit much - but it's hard to believe he was only 21 when this film was made. He plays a high school kid and a guy in his 40's equally well - he's always had a gift for that. Jim Carrey - then mostly unknown - displays some of the physical slapstick routines that would later earn him praise and renown. Then there's Joan Allen - as I saw this movie for the first time, I thought how much she resembled former first lady Pat Nixon in her earlier years - and sure enough, that's who she played in Oliver Stone's "Nixon". Helen Hunt portrays Kathleen Turner and Nicolas Cage's daughter - ironic, since she is older than Cage! It was one of her beginning roles as well. Without a doubt, the scenes with Peggy Sue and her grandparents are the most touching in the whole film. Think about it - if you had the chance to see someone again who had died long before, what would you say to them? What would you do? This wonderful film gives us the chance to find out. Will "Peggy Sue Got Married" ever be available on DVD for home purchase again? I hate to have to rent it each time I want to see it!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking