Revisiting older films is still a thing for me, or so it seems to be. Here we are looking at Return to Me, a 2000 film with Minnie Driver that follows a unique love story.
Return to Me (2000) Film Review
Grace Briggs (Driver) has suffered health setbacks for a long time now. It’s made her sheltered and sometimes afraid to live life. But today she’s set to receive a lifesaving operation that could change everything. Bob Rueland (David Duchovny) is working hard on an animal sanctuary for his wife. An architect who keeps busy, this becomes all Bob has left when he tragically loses his wife.
Months later, he and Grace serendipitously meet, and in spite of some grief still lingering, Bob’s feelings towards the charming Grace make him wonder if it’s time to begin again.
The romance movies from the 90s and 2000s are where its at when it comes to the nostalgic or romantic “feels” they evoke. Return to Me is much the same in its attitude and the charm it has. It’s been far too long since last I watched this, but seeing the film again, now at the age I’m at, I’m reminded how good this movie is. Sure there’s a scene or two that I don’t always love Duchovny in the role, but by and large, this is a beautiful film.
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The story gives us the romance, which can sometimes by unrealistic because it’s a love story from Hollywood, but at the same time, this is one of the movies that has more of a feet-on-the-ground approach. There are hardships in the swooning (the hand scene = sweet), and awkward moments that we relate to. Driver’s Grace in particular is adorable, and someone many can relate to in her dating struggles. Those awkward first steps anytime you begin something new (job, move, relationship) are always present, so seeing it depicted well in this character is all about the RELATE hashtag.
The film moves effortlessly through its story with both heart and humor. I did forget how grim (for the genre) the opening is, but it’s part of what helps to set the story into motion, and also gives us an emotional starting point. Those who like films like While You Were Sleeping or Sweet Home Alabama may enjoy this romantic drama that is really quite underrated.
You can shop or rent Return to Me digitally on Amazon Video; or at publication it’s with Tubi or Pluto TV.
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Content: there is some innuendo and suggestive comments. Grace examines her scar once or twice, but there’s nothing graphic. One couple does make more than one remark about having sex in a kind of “winking” way. There’s also some discussion about whether or not a woman will have sex with the man she dates. The film is PG.