NOW AND THEN, 1995
Starring Demi Moore, Christina Ricci and Thora Birch
Four women who were close childhood friends reunite in their former home town.
After seeing this movie many years ago showing on late-night BBC television, many of you which follow my reviews on Wild Sound know how much I love BBC television as it has introduced me to some great movies. "After Jimmy", "I Can Make You Love Me" and "Indecent Seduction" are examples of such and I have always wanted to own a copy. Thankfully, I found a copy online for a reasonable price and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.
When the copy turned up, I immediately put it in my DVD player and was immediately impressed as the cast list for this movie is simply wonderful. Bringing together all these people was a stroke of genius and showed actresses who were at the prime of their life. Even the younger members of the cast demonstrate why they have gone on to build great careers in the film industry.
Chrissy (Rita Wilson) has lived in the same town all her life. Alongside Chrissy is her friend Dr Roberta Martin (Rosie O’Donnell). Handy to have her friend around as Chrissy is about to give birth, they both ask for their other childhood friends to come back. Samantha (Moore) and Tina (Melanie Griffith) do exactly that but they each have moved outside of their town and have gained notoriety in their chosen field. As they get back together, they start to reminisce back to the 1970’s when they were all twelve years old. Not only do they experience the summer of their life but they start to develop as people and turn into teenagers, rather than children. Over the course of the summer, they each experience their own traumatic hardship such as parents divorcing, discovering their sexuality and trying to resolve an unsolved crime.
With the younger cast members, each excels and shows why they have gained their plaudits. Ricci, who is O’Donnell’s younger version, shows how much she had developed as an actress since the release of the first Adams Family movie four years before. Having to deal with her feelings towards a boy when she has been raised as a tomboy, Ricci shows why she received leading roles in other films in the years to come. As well as Ricci, Thora Birch also proves why she has carved herself a leading movie career. The younger version of Griffith, her portrayal of Teeny is delightful as is Gaby Hoffman. She plays the role of the younger Demi Moore and she has to experience her parents divorcing. Hoffman has been in many leading roles since the release of this movie such as a number of television roles.
As for the older actresses, each excels in their own particular way. Demi Moore provides the narration for the movie and her moody portrayal often steals the show. Rosie O’Donnell is marvellously funny and shows why she has become one of America’s funniest comediennes. Although she does not feature as much as Moore does, what screen time she has is capitalised on. The other senior roles hardly feature at all but just like with O’Donnell they show that they can act just as well as their other co-stars.
The director proves her salt as well. Glatter uses a great soundtrack to help the audience to bring back fond memories. Since the release of this movie, Glatter’s work has mainly been in television and this is surprising. The way in which she handles these A-list actresses as well as the younger members of the crew is remarka
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