After receiving two separate marriage proposals, Natalie asks the gang to reunite in Peekskill, NY.

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Thirteen years later Mrs. Garrett's "girls" have all grown into successful, independent women. After a stint in the Peace Corps with her husband, a widowed Mrs. Garrett is heading back to America, ready for a new life and new romance, and also looking forward to seeing the girls again. Blair is wealthier than ever, after building a hotel empire with her husband, Tad. But she suspects he is having an affair. "Tootie," now preferring to be called by her real name, Dorothy, has forsaken her acting hopes to host her own talk show. Natalie is a dedicated TV news producer, juggling an active love life with a frenetic work schedule that takes her all over the world. Jo, ever the free spirit, is a devoted cop, wife and mother. It's been years since Natalie has had a Thanksgiving back in America, so she's talked all the girls and Mrs. Garrett into spending the holiday together back in Peekskill, NY. When Jo is unable to attend the reunion, her teenage daughter, Jamie, and husband, Rick, come ... Written by FactsofLifeGirlsFan2006

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Nancy McKeon did not reprise her role as Jo partly because the first day of filming for this project fell on the first day of filming a new season of her series The Division (2001). See more »

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Mrs. Edna Garrett: [on the phone] Harper's where? Blair's what? Thanksgiving's WHEN?
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Maybe not the best reunion movie they could have come up with, but good enough
2 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hit shows have been making comebacks a lot over the last few years and they've varied in quality. Reunion specials aren't easy to do after may years have passed and if you don't have many of the same people involved. Sometimes the writers don't seem to get what people loved about the show in the first place and they deliver a disappointment. In some cases it was a love it or hate it deal, which based on the comments that seems to be the case for this film. Based on the popular NBC series about four girls growing up at an all girls school in 1980s New York, the reunion film was met with mixed reviews and has yet to be released on DVD anywhere. To each their own, but for the most part this longtime fan is happy with the results.

Pros: The returning cast and newcomers all turn in fine performances and are obviously having a ball. Usually these films look very flat, but director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld gets some good shots and adds some touches of flair here and there. A nice score and fun soundtrack. Fast paced all the way through. Though mostly silly, the humor is amusing and occasionally pretty clever. Some genuinely sweet moments. Plenty of great nods to the original series. Great production design.

Cons: Some moments feel forced. Occasionally borders on being sappy. Has a lingering feeling that more could have been done with this. Pretty predictable.

Final thoughts: The absence of Nancy McKeon really stands out like a sore thumb and sometimes the film does get pretty silly, but it's nowhere near a total loss. If you were a fan of the show and don't have too high of expectations then you'll likely enjoy this reuniting of Mrs. Garrett and three of the four Eastland girls. One thing this movie is not is the kind where the cast was just doing it for a paycheck. They are very much into their roles as they were during the run of the show and that added with all the other goods in this movie makes it a pleasant watch.

My rating: 3.5/5


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