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At Theaters: 4/7/2000 On Video: 10/31/2000
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 55 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 169909
Studio: MGM Pictures
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A lonely Bob Rueland is embraced by Grace Briggs, who is surrounded by a coterie of substitute mothers including her Irish grandfather, who with his Italian brother-in-law run a Chicago restaurant. Although Bob and Grace are strangers at the start of our story, their lives are soon forever intertwined by fate.
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Romantic Comedy - Return to Me is a romantic comedy with some slightly spiritual elements. It will likely appeal most to women and those particularly fond of romantic comedies, and perhaps also to fans of cast members David Duchovny, Minnie Driver or Bonnie Hunt. Male viewers and younger viewers may find the film too slow. Comedy fans will appreciate the rich script, though there are also some serious elements in the early scenes

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Cast and Crew Heading
David Duchovny THE X-FILES, PLAYING GOD
Minnie Driver PRINCESS MONONOKE, AN IDEAL HUSBAND, TARZAN
Carroll O'Connor TV's IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
Robert Loggia WIDE AWAKE
Wri/Dir/Actor: Bonnie Hunt THE GREEN MILE, KISSING A FOOL, JERRY MAGUIRE
Producer: Jennie Lew Tugend STAR KID
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PROFANITY: Moderately strong and moderately frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Brief suggestive dialogue
VIOLENCE: Some bloodshed
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Scenes of characters drinking wine and alcohol
ACTION: Emergency room scene of a trauma victim
COMEDY: Lots of character-based comedy
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Bonnie Hunt, long the most talented supporting actress regularly appearing in bad films, now appears to have taken a proactive approach to this dilemma -- if no one's going to offer her good scripts, she'll just have to write and direct them herself. She also shows herself so tuned into to her fellow supporting performers that she almost buries the leads. Return to Me is a bit ragged, a bit sloppy, a bit overly concerned with the people surrounding its heart-linked lovers. It is, however, undeniably charming in its way.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 153 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
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Many
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Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
7
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100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
11
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20-29Yg Adults (F)
14
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30+Adults (M)
29
High
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30+Adults (F)
92
Very High
100%
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The setting for this tale is a whimsical Chicago — rooted in offbeat Italian, Irish and Polish traditions, yet tinged with something slightly magical. This is where Bob Rueland (Duchovny) has led a blessedly ordinary life as an architectural engineer and loving husband until one nightmarish night takes the life of his driven zoologist wife Elizabeth (Joely Richardson). Haunted by her memory and still desperately in love, Bob buries himself in work, hoping to complete the project that meant more to Elizabeth than anything else: building an expansive new gorilla habitat for the primates she was working with at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Nearly a year after Elizabeth's death, despite the match-making efforts of his veterinarian friend Dr. Charlie Johnson (David Alan Grier), Bob is still not quite ready to start all over again.

Meanwhile, across town, a waitress who has been waiting her entire life to start all over again has finally gotten her chance. Grace Briggs (Driver) has just received a long-awaited heart transplant that will save her from the medical fate that took her own mother's life while she was still a child. A recluse until now, Grace is exhilarated and frightened by a whole new world in front of her.

Grace lives above O'Reilly's Italian restaurant — the best and perhaps the only, Irish-Italian joint in the city, owned by her grandfather. There, amidst the comic mix of boiled cabbage and ravioli, of Sinatra and Crosby, she is judiciously guarded by a colorful coterie of neighbors, relatives and friends. These include her Irish grandfather Marty O'Reilly (Carroll O'Connor), her Italian uncle Angelo Parpadillo (Robert Loggia) and their multi-ethnic, senior citizen's lonely-hearts club including Emmet (Eddie Jones), Wally (William Bronder) and Sophie (Marianne Muellerleile). Also among Grace's guardians are her best friend Megan (Bonnie Hunt), who has the consummate political skills only a mother of five can have, and Megan's proudly proletarian husband, Joe (Tames Belushi).

Into this weird and wonderful world stumbles Bob, whose brief and random encounter with Grace at O'Reilly's leaves him flummoxed but feeling something for the first time in a long time. Yet even as events and the many denizens of O'Reilly's push Bob and Grace inexorably towards one another, love takes on a whole new meaning as the truth emerges, resulting in a funny and touching tale of hard-won union.

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