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Return to Me

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

An unbelievable premise, but sweet and romantic.

Movie PG 2000 115 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Really Wonderful

If it weren’t for some sexual references, mild for adults but a bit suggestive for kids, this would be a great family film. Regardless, this movies is wonderful. There is so much humour, mostly as a result of the compilation of amazing classic actors that play the protagonist Grace’s grandfather and his friends. It is sweet, fun, entertaining and romantic. This is actually one of my favorite romcom’s. It’s a little unbelievable but that’s part of the fun.
age 13+

Feel good movie; very funny

A touching film with lots of humor throughout. Good performances from the cast and it's well written. Sexuality is minimal, a couple scenes with some language (for comedic effect). Probably more for teens and up because of the subject matter. I don't think most younger kids would enjoy the story all that much.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 7, 2000
  • On DVD or streaming: October 31, 2000
  • Cast: Bonnie Hunt , David Duchovny , Minnie Driver
  • Director: Bonnie Hunt
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Romance
  • Run time: 115 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG
  • MPAA explanation: language and thematic elements
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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