Return to Me [Region 2]
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on May 14, 2016
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I have viewed "Return to Me" many times because it is a film with HEART - no pun intended. The two stars David Duchovny and Minnie Driver give greatly sensitive jobs, he with his delivery of lines and his final breakdown after his wife's death, and in a restaurant scene with a date from hell; she with her labored breathing as a patient awaiting a heart for a transplant, and as the waitress in the same restaurant scene. All other performances are, also, first rate. Carroll O'Connor in this his final film uses an Irish accent to great affect, and is a worry-wort as a caring Grandfather who ends up with only a granddaughter heart-transplant patient. Robert Loggia, always a terrific actor, was never better nor more endearing. His laughter in one card-playing scene where he names all the Italian (most Italian-American) singers and Italian composers is very infectious as he laughs from deep down in the diaphragm. His buddies are forced to laugh with him - it is just too good a moment. One of my favorite supporters is Bonnie Hunt. She co-wrote the screenplay, directed the film and is aces as an actress of non-anticipation. Her scenes with another great supporter of this film who plays her husband, James Belushi, are terrific and funny. (Only one odd moment: When they're bowling and, perhaps the best line deliverer in the film, Marianne Muellerleile, makes a responsive gesture to Bob's bowling dedication to Grace - looked anticipated by Ms. Hunt, who is probably prettier and lovelier than she may believe she is.) Co-writer, Don Lake, adds a hysterical character portrayal of Ralph in one scene of the film. The supporting actors playing Wally and Emmett both give highly nuanced performances, as does mellifluence voiced Brian Howe as Mike. I found it a bit odd how David Duchovny did not relate well to Brian's character, however. Brian did beautifully in the scene that was shot 20 times but ended up using the first take. It almost seems as though Duchovny is intimidated by Howe for some reason. You be the judge! I have seen the film over 35 times. It feels like a comfortable old shoe. The screen family becomes my own every time I see it. It is a feel good movie which is well-written, well-directed, well-cast and well-acted. I don't want to leave out the performances of several actors. Here goes: David Alan Grier as Charles Johnson and friend of Bob's is right-on terrific. Dick Cusack as Mr. Bennington is quite good. Holly Wortell as Marsha, the date from hell, is so good, that I keep watching that scene again & again to watch the hysterical ensemble acting, though, the camera is seldom off of her, the instigator. Joey Gian is perfect as the singer. He wrote two songs for the film and sings them and 2 standards including the title song. Now, to Joely Richardson: I believe that her short role needed to steep more time with D. Duchovny in order to seem more organic. She did well, but it didn't flow in the same way as all other integral supporting players seemed to come off more familiar with one another. I do not blame her ability as an actress, I blame the situation which probably didn't afford her the opportunity to be on the set relating with Bob, more (& Charlie). One of my favorites lines at the beginning is when she tells Bob in his tux, "You look so cute!" And he responds, "You spend all day with an ape, what do you expect!" The child who played Tyler did a great job. Also, Patrick Hunt who played Danny. I highly recommend this film to anyone who wants to see a serious subject/feel good film.
on April 29, 2015
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This was a jewel of a film. The story line was inventive and intriguing. I was, at first, reluctant to view this film, having heard it described as a "Chick flick", and, indeed, it had substantial emotional content. However, it was evident from the start that this was not in the "Lifetime" "movie-of-the-week" style. Bonny Hunt's touch in writing and directing (and acting!) was deft and delicate. The humor, irony and pathos inherent to the plot were fully explored and fully depicted without once devolving into mawkishness or banality. The entire ensemble each gave finely etched performances. I was especially taken by that of David Alan Grier, whom I had previously enjoyed as a comedian and comedic actor ("In Living Color"). He gave a wonderfully in-depth, three-dimensional performance that was an essential part of this film. Also, what can I say about Carroll O'Connor and Robert Loggia - two masterful actors who filled their roles perfectly, without ever attempting to intrude their "star power" further into this film than their roles required. James Belushi and Bonnie Hunt, as husband-and-wife and friends of Minnie Driver's Grace, worked wonderfully together. Their interplay reminded me somewhat of my own parents. And, of course, David Duchovny and Minnie Driver, playing two star-crossed lovers, no less than Romeo and Juliet, were simply delightful together. I have a special thank-you for Joely Richardson's brilliant, if brief, portrayal of Elizabeth, Bob Rueland's (Duchovny's character) wife. Although Elizabeth was killed early in the film, she may have been the most important character in the piece. Her scenes in the first part of the film were essential to the development of Duchovny's character and indeed to the character of the film itself. To me it felt as though the ghost of Elizabeth hovered over and floated through just about every scene of this film following her death. Elizabeth's palpable presence was the motivation driving many of the subsequent scenes in this film. All in all, a beautiful interweaving of plot and character interplay that yielded an absolute jewel of a film.
on August 26, 2013
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I highly recommend this movie for someone who wants a clean romantic comedy, with a twist on the old "boy meets girl" plotline. David Duchovny's character we meet when he's still married, just before a terrible accident takes his wife from him, and leaves him a grumpy friend and boss. Minnie Driver's character is a girl who's probably never dated much, other than the crazy character's her best friend sets her up with. When Minnie and David meet, there's a spark right away. Maybe it's her sense of humor (and a hint of revenge) when she trick's the girl David has just met on a blind date and is obviously annoying him to no end with her snobbish attitude and boring talk. Or maybe his joke back when he catches Minnie pulling the prank. But something starts, and through the movie, you enjoy watching these two fall in love, and don't really want it to end. Of course, the plot is enjoyable, but so are all the actors, who seem at ease and natural in their rolls. And besides that, there's the dialog. This is one of the few modern movies (1990's or later) in which I never cringed at a line of dialog--it's all so good, believable, and smooth. Anyway, it's a fun movie that you can enjoy on a date, or even with your family if you have kids, and not have to worry about fast-forwarding, covering eyes, or covering little ears.
on April 14, 2015
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This is literally one of my favorite feel good movies. I could probably watch it every day and not grow tired of it. I have to say I'm disappointed with the dvd though. I normally have my volume set somewhere between 10 -13, but when I put the dvd on, I had to raise it to the 30's and I still felt the need to strain during certain scenes. It just sounds muffled. Still, the dvd is worth it for the commentary. I hope there will be a future release that fixes the audio and maybe shows some bloopers ...
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