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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 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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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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In every woman there is the girl she left behind.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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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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Gross USA:

$27,400,000
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The original name of the movie was going to be "The Gaslight Addition". See more »

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Position of Wormers clothes which the girls throw. See more »

Quotes

Teeny: Roberta, truth or dare?
Roberta: Truth.
Teeny: Just how big are your boobs now?
Roberta: Drop dead.
Teeny: She has to say, doesn't she, Sam?
Young Samantha Albertson: She doesn't have to say if she doesn't want to.
Teeny: Then can we see them?
Roberta: No, you can't see them!
Teeny: I don't have any real ones yet.
Roberta: Well, you'll get them, and you'll hate them.
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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 »

Connections

References Family Affair (1966) See more »

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Now and Then
Performed by Susanna Hoffs
Written by Susanna Hoffs, Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin
Courtesy of London Records
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Beautifully crafted, but relies totally on subplots. **1/2 (out of four)
12 August 2000 | by Movie-12See all my reviews

NOW AND THEN / (1995) **1/2 (out of four)

Lesli Linka Glatter's touching drama "Now and Then" is a misguided tale that beautifully captures the many painful and joyful ups and downs of four best friends growing up in the 1970's. Best compared to "Stand By Me" and "Man in the Moon," this tender movie gently touches base with the delicate time period when young girls experience the confusions and emotions that are present in the process of puberty.

The plots happens over the eventful summer of 1970. The film details the lives of four best friends, Samantha (Gaby Hoffmann), Teeny (Thora Birch), Roberta (Christina Ricci), and Chrissy (Ashleigh Aston Moore). During this summer, the girls find it necessary to ware bras for the first time in their lives, a factor in which they have varied feelings. This is also the summer where they discover their town's horrifying secret about a young boy who mysteriously died thirty years ago. Pursuing the girls are the neighbor boys named the Wormers.

The film is told in the present through the girls who are now adults. The adult actresses, including Rosie O'Donnell, Rita Wilson, Demi Moore, and Melanie Griffith, appear only as wraparound bookends to fill the audience's desire to see whom the girls turn out to be. However, they are not examined in enough detail to fulfill these desires.

"Now and Then" filmmakers describe the characters descriptively and vividly with believable character traits like curiosity and lively spirit. They are very well cast by some of Hollywood's biggest names, who perform with a sweet, gentle, fitting attitude. The movie's actors are willing to give more than the script allows.

The problem lies not within character, however, but in plot. The film seems unclear of what it is about, whether it wants to detail the lives of four adolescent girls, discovering the death of Dear Johnny, childhood mischief: the story is so easily distracted. The film persistently adds in unnecessary clichés and predictable character formality involving relationship conflicts and novice romances. Yet at the same time the plot is executed artistically with an enjoyable sense of style and an effective mood along with a soundtrack that is true to the 70's era.

"Now and Then" is the kind of movie that relies entirely on subplots to propel its distracted story line along. I compare the film's structure to that of a deformed tree, where there are plenty of narrative roots and the story branches off in many directions, but it does not have a thick trunk for support.


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