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Now and Then (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 October 1995 (USA)
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Four 12-year-old girls grow up together during an eventful small-town summer in 1970.

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I. Marlene King
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Ricci ... Roberta
Rosie O'Donnell ... Roberta
Thora Birch ... Teeny
Melanie Griffith ... Teeny
Gaby Hoffmann ... Samantha
Demi Moore ... Samantha
Ashleigh Aston Moore ... Chrissy
Rita Wilson ... Chrissy
Devon Sawa ... Scott Wormer
Walter Sparrow ... Crazy Pete
Cloris Leachman ... Grandma Albertson
Lolita Davidovich ... Mrs. Albertson
Janeane Garofalo ... Wiladene
Hank Azaria ... Bud Kent
Bonnie Hunt ... Mrs. DeWitt
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Storyline

Roberta, Teeny, Samantha and Chrissy have been busy growing up, but they always remembered the promise they made to be there for each other. Now they're together again to relive the greatest summer of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

In every woman there is the girl she left behind.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adolescent sex discussions | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gaslight Addition See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,440,173, 22 October 1995

Gross USA:

$27,112,329

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,591,674
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kirsten Dunst was offered the role of 'Chrissy' but refused to gain weight for the role. She stated, "It wasn't worth ruining my figure." See more »

Goofs

When the Wormers are bombing the girls with Jell-O, Roberta pulls Chrissy down and says, "Chrissy. Get down." When they lie down, you can see tape markers on the grass where they are standing, Roberta on yellow and Chrissy on red. See more »

Quotes

Young Samantha Albertson: [walking to Dear Johnny's grave to lay flowers and sees Crazy Pete putting flowers on Johnny and his mothers grave] You're Peter Sims
Crazy Pete: [nods in agreement, turns to face the headstones] They were my family...
Young Samantha Albertson: It was a terrible thing that happened to them... I'm sorry...
Crazy Pete: For the longest time I thought I could've stopped it... I would've been home... Instead of down at that bar...
Young Samantha Albertson: But you were there for me...
Crazy Pete: I've wasted a lot of years... Afraid to face people, but mostly afraid to face myself...
Young Samantha Albertson: [...]
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on ABC in late 2002 (as well as the versions shown on the Superstation and TNT) omits the scene where Samantha's mother makes them all hide under the kitchen table while Cloris Leachman's character bangs on the front door. See more »

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Knock Three Times
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Written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Grown-ups are a dull letdown
12 August 2000 | by vmcdavidsonSee all my reviews

In this coming-of-age story set in both the 1970s and 1990s, the younger cast is brilliant and natural, particularly Christina Ricci and Gaby Hoffmann. The script soars with female teenage humor, friendship, and pre-puberty naivete -- a sprightly soundtrack of 70s tunes takes older viewers down memory lane. But then, just when the story about four best friends during summer vacation in a new housing development is clipping along at a compelling pace, SLAM! The film jumps forward 20 years and the girls are grown-ups. And at these points, the movie groans along like a garbage disposal with too many potato peels crammed in it.

Remarkably, the dismal acting of these veteran actresses isn't as bad as the lack-luster script during these "flash-fronts". Were there separate writers for this film? I usually adore Rosie O'Donnell, but casting her as the grown Roberta was a horrible choice. Demi Moore's character is now self-absorbed and self-pitying, and Melanie Griffin (super-famous actress) and Rita Wilson (pregnant homemaker) are insipid caricatures. None of these women are one-quarter as interesting or delightful as they were when they were adolescents, particularly Roberta (Ricci/O'Donnell). The film's flipping back and forth between the decades becomes quickly annoying.

Suggestion: Rent the video, and fast-forward through the adult stuff. Fast-forwarding the tape won't rob anyone of the film's message (something like "friendship is forever," or "don't go into cemeteries at night"), and it'll save you about 30 minutes of fidgeting, waiting for the film to turn back to the four girls. At least they have fun. And the treehouse they save up to buy is every girl's idea of truly cool!


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