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Now and Then (1995)

Director:
Lesli Linka Glatter

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Now and Then

RUNNING TIME
96 minutes

Producers:
Demi Moore
Susanne Todd
Screenwriter:
I. Marlene King


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Young Roberta Christina Ricci
Young Tina Thora Birch
Young Samantha Gaby Hoffman
Young Chrissy Ashleigh Aston Moore
Samantha Demi Moore
Roberta Rosie O'Donnell
Chrissy Rita Wilson
Tina Melanie Griffith
Scott Wormer Devon Sawa
Mrs. Albertson (Samantha's mom) Lolita Davidovich -

Angela

Rumer Willis -
Grandma Albertson Cloris Leachmann -
Bud Kent Hank Azaria -
Mrs. DeWitt Bonnie Hunt -
Wiladene Janeane Garofalo -
Vietnam Veteran (uncredited) Brendan Fraser

 

Review

Remarkably slight coming-of-age yarn in which we follow four young girls through a summer in the early 1970s before reuniting with them 25 years later, in accordance with a pact they made that summer. We're meant to see what they learned and how they have developed, but the lessons are painstakingly obvious and the development is simply announced by Demi Moore's narration, since we don't get to see anything the girls actually do in between the periods in question. The impressive cast list promises a lot more than it can deliver, but is still the film's best asset. The four girls playing the younger versions are all talented actors, and particularly Christina Ricci (Mermaids, Casper) does well. Unfortunately, at the end of it all you probably haven't learned anything you didn't already during your own adolescence, and the story never makes more of an impression than any daytime TV-drama.

Copyright 05.10.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: 12.04.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)