Return to Me

 (2,984)6.91 h 55 min2000X-RayPG
A lonely Bob Rueland (David Duchovny) is embraced by Grace Briggs (Minnie Driver), 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 the story, their lives are forever intertwined by fate.
Bonnie Hunt
David DuchovnyMinnie Driver
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Chris NewmanReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good Date Movie
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As a guy, roamans movies and the tear jerker movies aren't really my style. I think that's because the main protagonist is generally a female and as a guy I find it harder to relate to women in that way. However, the main protagonist in this movie is an everyday guy. A guy that fell in love when he was a teen, married his first love and then tragically lost his wife in a car accident. To make a long story short, his dead wife's heart saves the life of a woman on the organ donor waiting list. By pure chance, he and that woman become close and then they find out that his new girlfriend has his dead wife's heart. As someone who has dealt with a close loss similar to this, I can only imagine how conflicting it would be for me to be in the protagonist's situation.

Either way, it's not only the best romans movie this old man has seen. It's also a very good movie in general. Made this old man almost cry.
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bhakti lataReviewed in the United States on August 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Predictable yet poignant
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You know how you've watched a dozen versions of Cinderella? You know exactly what's coming. And yet the magic is in the storytelling. At the end of the day, we just want to be told a story, and for it to be told well. In this movie, Return to Me, I figured out EXACTLY what was going to happen the minute Minnie Driver appeared onscreen (I stay away from spoilers, and pretty much every review on this movie tells you the entire story!). And yet the story was told so beautifully, so sweetly, I was smiling and laughing out loud throughout the movie, and I wept within the first 20 minutes of the movie and at the end. I don't like sad movies, but this story captured my heart. The dialogue is heartfelt and witty, the acting superb by the leads. It's far-fetched, but so is Cinderella. The magic is in the storytelling, and I'm sold. Now stored in my heart as one of my favorites.
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TulliaReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
"At Long Last Love"
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The music in this film is wonderful with Frank Sinatra singing "At Long Last Love."

Bob, played by David Duchovny, and Elizabeth, played by Joely Richardson, return home from a ball and get into a bad car accident. Elizabeth, a renowned vetinararian dies. Across town, in a hospital, Grace, played by Minnie Driver,a beautiful young woman, is being prepped for a heart transplant. They found a donor. Elizabeth's heart. Grace's big Irish-Italian Family are sitting vigil in the waiting room, except for Grandpa Marty, played by Carroll O'Connor, who is in the hospital chapel where he is praying his heart out for Grace. Angelo, Grace's father, played by Robert Loggia, and Grace's devoted cousin Megan, played by Bonnie Hunt, are worrying about Grace's chances in surgery. Throughout their vigil, Bob has returned home, and he drops to the floor and sobs and sobs for the loss of his beloved wife Elizabeth.

A year later, Grace is in robust health, and cycling throughout the city, and waiting tables and singing at O'Reilly's, the Irish-Italian family restaurant run by her father and grandfather. Bob is still grieving the loss of his wife. However, his good friend, Charlie, played David Alan Grier, convinces Bob to go to dinner at O'Reilly's. Grace is their server, and there is an immediate connection between the two. Bob begs off in the middle of the dinner with a lame excuse and leaves. However, he leaves behind his cell phone.

When he returns the next night for his phone, he meets Grace, and they talk in her beautiful garden in the back of the restaurant. He sees a beautiful painting there that Grace had done, and compliments her on her work. .He asks her out and from there they begin a sweet and lovely romance. Grace is afraid to tell Bob that she had a heart transplant because she thinks it will turn him away because she is a "broken woman." After she had the surgery, Grace wrote a letter of gratitude to the donor, unsigned, of course. It was in a distinct pink envelope. When Grace finally decides to tell Bob about her surgery, she is in his house, and is putting some CD's on, and she finds her pink envelope in his desk. She runs off.

The next day Grace tells Bob she is going to Rome. He brought her a nice, shiny red bicycle. She tells Bob that she wrote the letter in the pink envelope. He says he has to leave. Grace goes off to Rome with her easel, paints and her bicycle.

Minnie Driver is superb as Grace. David Duchovny is also superb as Bob. Carroll O'Connor is grand as Grandpa Marty. Robert Loggia is excellent as Angelo,Grace's father. Bonnie Hunt, as Megan, is excellent. Ms. Hunt also co-wrote this film and directed it. David Alan Grier is great as Charlie. James Brelushi is funny and excellent as Megan's husband, And Joely Richardson as Elizabeth, who was only in a few scenes, is beautiful and excellent.
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L. GreningerReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I thought I was really going to like this because there was church and prayer, indicating to me it was a good clean movie. However, there was so much foul language and blasphemy I had to turn it off.
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Ronald HayesReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
An absolute favorite movie!
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When our VHS tape of this movie began to show its age, it was a no-brainer that we needed to replace it with a DVD. This is undoubtedly one of my wife's favorite movies, and I have to admit, I love it too. Just as one tends to watch a classic Christmas movie year after year--regardless of how many times one has seen it--we tend to enjoy this film about once a year, even though it doesn't have a holiday theme. The story tugs at one's emotions as a man tentatively begins a relationship with a young waitress following the unexpected death of his beloved wife. He is totally unaware that she is the recipient of his wife's donor heart. A jovial group of older men, played by some great actors like Carroll O'Connor, add just the right amount of humor and masculine appeal. They help to keep the story from ever getting two "schmaltzy." This is not just a "chick-flick." It's a film for everybody.
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Joseph I. NathanReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Surprisingly Delightful Film
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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.
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LightHearted1Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2021
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Return to watch again and again!
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It's all about the human heart, what breaks, transplants and what heals it. Discovering that Bonnie Hunt had such a role to play in the writing, directing, producing and even with the main song "Return to Me" was a revelation. Wish she'd be inspired to do more films like this and get to do it! It seemed like a very personal project having much to do with her own life. Just watched this film for the second time in a long while, and it was wonderful throughout in every aspect. The whole cast was just great, spot on, every one, intergenerational plus a great ape and a great dog. Duchovny & Driver, (really liked them both here) Joely Richardson, O'Connor, Loggia, Grier, Hunt and Belushi, plus lots of familiar character actors just fantastic. Life has its challenges and great souls who endure and come through them to make a better life. Family and friends and faith are so important. The writing and directing by Hunt is so good, every character rich and well drawn, adds to the story moving forward. The tragedy and loss, the synchronicity behind the idea, 'what if a man lost a wife he truly adored, her heart got transplanted, and he met the recipient and there was an immediate connection ..." then surround that with all kinds of people and working through issues of a girl who was sick and lost her mother to the same heart disease. The protectiveness of her grandfather (played so fully by O'Connor) who lost his daughter and prayed for his granddaughter not to die of the same thing. The ethnicity and mixture of Italian and Irish is so fun. Having a place to hang out with folk like this carrying on and caring for one another -- we should all be so lucky. The film carries you along with great pacing, highs and lows and laughs. And then there were the nuns, and the riding of the bicycle -- such great little touches with small supporting roles that just added to the heart and fun. Comedy-drama-romance, can't be beat.
JulesReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Good story, bad language and blasphemy
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Would have been a nice and sweet little movie but for the repeated foul language and blasphemy. Why do they always ruin a movie with that? Wouldn't recommend it to anyone solely for that reason.
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