Return to Me

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Return to Me Movie Poster Image
An unbelievable premise, but sweet and romantic.
  • PG
  • 2000
  • 115 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence

Sad death of character, issue of heart transplants.

Sex

Kissing.

Language

Brief mild language, including children using bad words.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A lot of social drinking, some smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although the movie is rated PG, there are a few strong words, including some used by children, and some mild sexual references.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKeith April 9, 2008

simple minded atheist will like it

Halfway into the movie, the Lord's name was used in vain for the 2nd time. It was used by a small child so I stopped the movie. Has hollywood lost their... Continue reading
Adult Written byjs91206 April 9, 2008

Better for Older kids

I think this movie is better suited for older kids 13+ mostly due to sexual references. A mention of not being a virgin before marriage by a character; a warni... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 27, 2011

Return To Me 101

Return To Me is a funny romance movie great for kids 11+. There is a scene in which a woman is show in the bath tub and there are a few other scenes where a man... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byRene_523 October 17, 2009

If only they had left the bad language and sexual dialogue out...

The story is sweet, but there is alot of explicit sexual dialogue and alot of bad language. As a result, quite a few scenes should be fast forwarded for childr... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this love story, guy has girl (architect Bob -- David Duchovney -- married to beautiful Elizabeth -- zookeeper Joely Richardson). Then guy loses girl in a car accident, guy meets new girl named Grace (Minnie Driver) who doesn't want to tell him that she had a heart transplant, guy finds out that the heart came from his late wife, and everyone gets over it and gets on with living happily ever after. Grace lives with her grandfather (Carroll O'Connor), owner of an Irish-Italian restaurant that is home to a community so adorable and loving that they could be birds and cherubs perching on the finger of an animated Disney heroine. Her friend Megan (Bonnie Hunt) is living in happy domestic chaos with her husband (James Belushi) and four children. Bob's friend Charlie (David Alan Grier) is there to fix him up with Ms. Wrong, so that he can have a reason to go to Grace's grandfather's restaurant and leave behind the 21st century equivalent of a glass slipper – his cell phone.

Is it any good?

RETURN TO ME is a pleasant date movie, a romance that tries hard to transcend its gimmick and just about succeeds. While it's a very creaky premise, at least this isn't one of those movies that drags out the telling part and then just as she is about to spill the beans he finds out anyway and it takes another half hour to straighten it all out. And at least there is no maudlin "Chicken Soup for the Soul"-type stuff about how this is the gift his late wife brought to him or anything like that.

We know where it is all going from the first five minutes. So we can sit back and enjoy the ride, in the capable hands of director/co-star/co- scriptwriter Bonnie Hunt. Hunt, a terrific character actress lets the couple's friends and family add a lot of life and depth to the story. They give Bob and Grace more personality and interest, sort of character by association. And, this is a rare movie in which the couple does not go to bed together almost immediately, partly because of Grace's sensitivity about her scar, and possibly also because Bob needs to take things slowly, too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how people decide how much of themselves to share, about how people cope with loss that seems devastatingly overwhelming, and about Grace's grandfather's comment that "It is the character that's the strongest that God gives the most challenges to." Families can also talk about how couples make decisions about the risks of physical intimacy as well as emotional. And families can also talk about the loving way the people in this movie care for each other and enjoy each other.

Movie details

For kids who love romance and comedy

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