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Return to Me
     

Return to Me

4.7 40
Director: Bonnie Hunt, David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Jim Belushi

Cast: Bonnie Hunt, David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Jim Belushi

 

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In this romantic comedy, a man loses the love of his life, only to find her heart beating in the body of someone new. Architect Bob Rueland (David Duchovny) is happily married until his wife Elizabeth (Joely Richardson), a zoologist, dies in an auto accident. A year later, Bob is still dealing with his loss when he meets Grace Briggs (Minnie Driver), a shy woman who

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In this romantic comedy, a man loses the love of his life, only to find her heart beating in the body of someone new. Architect Bob Rueland (David Duchovny) is happily married until his wife Elizabeth (Joely Richardson), a zoologist, dies in an auto accident. A year later, Bob is still dealing with his loss when he meets Grace Briggs (Minnie Driver), a shy woman who waits tables in an Irish/Italian restaurant run by her grandfather Marty (Carroll O'Connor). Bob falls for Grace at first sight, and she's attracted to him as well, but what he doesn't know is that a year ago Grace was the recipient of a heart transplant -- and that Elizabeth was the donor. Return to Me was directed and co-written by actress Bonnie Hunt, who also appears in a supporting role as Grace's best friend Megan; the cast also includes Robert Loggia, James Belushi, and David Alan Grier.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
Actress Bonnie Hunt, whose resume includes work in such films such as Jerry Maguire and The Green Mile as well as two critically acclaimed but short-lived TV series, makes her directorial debut with this romantic comedy about the joys of family and the heartaches of organ donations. David Duchovny stars as a grieving widower who finds love with a kindly waitress played by Minnie Driver and her eccentric extended family. All the while he has no idea she was the recipient of his dead wife's heart. While Duchovny exudes a low-key comedic charm and Driver a quirky vulnerability, Return to Me really shines in its ensemble work. The true highlights here are Hunt's own subplot as the wife of blustery but gentle Jim Belushi and the long-awaited return of Carroll O'Connor to the big screen. Well observed, consistently amusing, and often touching, Return to Me is a love letter to its characters and to the city of Chicago.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The directorial debut of respected actress Bonnie Hunt, Return to Me is a polished and skillfully realized romantic comedy that literally reverses the tearjerker formula by placing its tragic death at the film's beginning rather than the conclusion. Instead of a tale of doomed romance, Hunt has created (with her writing partner Don Lake, who also appears in a humorous cameo), a story that's not exactly the high-concept Hollywood standard: the journey of two people slowly and intelligently putting their lives back together. The director, who cast the film with many of her personal friends from the acting community, pulls fully engaged, grounded performances from her film's protagonists, David Duchovny and Minnie Driver. Driver has earned her chops in this genre with hits such as Circle of Friends (1995) and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), but Duchovny, noted for his trademark icy reserve, is a revelation as a man with a deeply painful emotional life. An underrated gem that deserved more attention from critics and audiences, Return to Me marks the freshman project of a filmmaker with a promising future behind the camera.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2015
UPC:
0887090089609
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG
Source:
Olive Films
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
5,226

Special Features

Audio commentary by writer/director Bonnie Hunt and writer Don Lake; "What If I Loved You" music video; Deleted scene

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Duchovny Bob Rueland
Minnie Driver Grace Briggs
Jim Belushi Joe Dayton
Bonnie Hunt Megan Dayton
Chris Barnes Jeff
David Alan Grier Charlie Johnson
Carroll O'Connor Marty O’Reilly
Holly Biniak Big Hair
Eddie Jones Emmett McFadden
LaTaunya Bounds Zebra Girl
Robert Loggia Angelo Pardipillo
Marianne Muellerleile Sophie
Jack Cooper Ballroom Bartender
Dick Cusack Mr. Bennington
Joely Richardson Elizabeth Rueland
Rudy Gabor Italian Singer
Romano Ghini Cappucino Man
Joey Gian Singer
Austin Samuel Hibbs Austin Dayton
Brian Howe Mike
Alice Hunt Nancy
Carol Hunt Nurse Alice
Kevin Hunt ER Doctor
Patrick Hunt Danny
Tom Hunt Tom
Walter Jacobs M.C.
Franklin E. Jones Chester
Claire Lake ER Nurse
Don Lake Transplant Man
Laura Larsen Laura Dayton
Tim O'Malley Patrick
David Pasquesi Tony
Karson Pound Karson Dayton
Angelo Ricco Italian Singer
Paola Sebastiani Nurse
Tom Senderak Paramedic
Peter B. Spector Valet Guy
Tyler Spitzer Tyler Dayton
Adam Tanguay Adam Dayton
Harry Teinowitz Ice Cream Clerk
Jennie Lew-Tugend Paramedic
Tamara Tungate Celia
Becky Veduccio Shari
Tom Virtue Dr. Senderak
Lilliana Vitale Nun
Darryl Warren Father Rudy
Holly Wortell Marsha
William Zirko Italian Singer
William Bronder Wally Jatczak
Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra AG Orchestra
Lindsey Allen Delivery Girl
Gabriella Arena Nun
Edward Ballog Italian Singer

Technical Credits
Bonnie Hunt Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Artist Robinson Asst. Director
Lis Bothwell Costumes/Costume Designer
Garth Craven Editor
Daniel Clancy Set Decoration/Design
C.O. Erickson Executive Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Samantha Goodman Original Story
Melanie Greene Executive Producer
Robert Grieve Sound Editor
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
David W. Krummel Art Director
Don Lake Original Story,Screenwriter
Nicholas Pike Score Composer
Kerry Sanders Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Stern Original Story
Brent Thomas Production Designer
Jennie Lew Tugend Producer

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Return to Me 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JoMacall More than 1 year ago
When Bob is coerced into a blind date by his buddy, a year after the tragic death of his wife, he is less than enthused. It doesn't help that his date turns out to be obnoxious, but he has an immediate attraction to their waitress, Grace, something that surprises him. After arranging with a friend to call him on the premise that he is needed on the job site, he escapes from his date from hell, accidentally leaving his phone at the restaurant. When he returns the following night to retrieve it, he is enthusiastically welcomed by Grace's family on learning he is a widower. When she walks in unsuspecting and comes face to face with Bob, she realizes she is in her bathrobe and shower cap, not the most alluring outfit. He doesn't seem to mind and their romance begins. Recovering from a heart transplant, she has been reluctant to date, fearing that no young man would want to deal with it. The story follows their budding romance, her fears, the prompting of her best friend and the charming family circle prodding her on. Everything seems to be going well until she discovers, by accident, something that threatens their perfect world. I loved the sequences with her Grandpa and all his cronies, maybe because they reminded me of the men in my family long gone. Jim Belushi and Bonnie Hunt were hilarious in their roles as husband and wife and best friends to Grace. This is a movie combining warmth, humor and new beginnings. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I enjoy this movie and have watched my VHS copy frequently in the past I was extremely disappointed with the Blu-ray copy due to the fact there were no closed captions or subtitles. Being hard of hearing I returned my item to B&N, who were very understanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
(by Larry D. Bohall, author of Marytr's Cry: The Mystery for Hopeless Romantics): Boy, was I surprised! I not only liked this movie, I LOVED it! Oh, sure...it stretches believability quite a bit, but so what? It's done with class, finesse, and an amazing touch of sweetness. Bonnie Hunt is wonderful, and she did an incredible job making this movie...I hope she makes many, many more. I was especially moved by David Duchovny's scene with the dog (much more effective than the ones with the gorilla).
Guest More than 1 year ago
"What an unlikely pair" was my first thought when I saw David Duchovny and Minnie Driver in the preview to this Bonnie Hunt directed romantic comedy. But after watching this wonderful film, I just couldn't see anyone else doing these roles. Bonnie Hunt has put together a brilliant cast in an accomplished film that warms your heart and lifts your soul. Duchovny plays the part of Bob Rueland, an architect who is happily married to Elizabeth (played by Joely Richardson), a dedicated zoologist who is killed in a car accident. While he goes through the grief of losing his wife in death, another woman, Grace Briggs (played by Minnie Driver), is given new hope for life as she is given a heart in a transplant. It is Elizabeth's heart however that Grace receives that saves her life. After about a year, Bob begins to finally piece his life back together and meets Grace at an Italian/Irish restaurant that her grandfather owns where she works as a server. There is an immediate attraction between the two, and they begin to fall in love, neither aware that it is Elizabeth's heart that she carries. Bonnie Hunt crafts a delicate subject into a humorous, heart-warming and sometimes tearful story of courage and love. The supporting cast were all wonderful and believable, and the chemistry between Duchovny and Driver was perfect. This is without a doubt one of the best romantic comedys I have ever seen, and I have watched it numerous times, and I am sure I will watch it numerous times again. I highly recommend "Return To Me" to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is absolutely adorable. Bonnie Hunt is hilarious and the old guys crack me up everytime! If you get the DVD, listen to the Director's commentary - you get to know the little quarks of the movie. Great movie overall! WATCH IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was especially poignant to me since I had a heart transplant almost ten years ago.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a terrific movie! If you love those old, classic love stories that they just don't seem to make anymore, then you are in luck, because this one will fit the bill. I can hardly wait to buy it (it's a ''Must-have''). However, the review that is posted as the general review on this website is wrong. Minnie Driver is not a reporter in this movie (at least not the one I saw in the theatres). She is a waitress in her grandpa's restaurant. It is the set up of the story that is a strong reason that the movie is so sweet. Terrific date flick. Driver is exceptional!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish they make more movies like this. It is beautifully done, good story line, romantic, good moral value, funny, and happy ending. :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've watched this with friends, family, co-workers, and mere acquaintances... it never fails as a true crowd pleaser. The male roles are thoroughly real and the women are as strong and intelligent as your best friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Viewers will fall in love with this movie! David Duchovny (Bob Rueland) strays from his traditional x-files role to capture the hearts of viewers in this romantic comedy with costar Minnie Driver. These two are great together! A unique and surprising mixture of romance, humor, and real life events. I've watched this movie three times and never get tired of it. It always seems to lift my spirits every time I watch it and really help me to appreciate life and live it to the fullest!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Bonnie Hunt's first movie as a director. She's done a great job, as did the writers and the cast. It's a sweet, sweet movie with a story-line that isn't formula. You'll love Carroll O'Connor and Jim Belushi as much as you do David Duchovny and Minne Driver.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great mix of intense life issues. David Duchovny and Minnie Driver act with connection. A great movie for the whole family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally a movie that the entire family can enjoy!! I saw this in the theater and liked it so much I returned the next day with four of my friends! The story is lovely, Carrol O'connor's performance is top-notch as well as all the actors. The characters are endearing and so true to life you will recognize each and every one of them!! For those of you who hate mushy love stories, THIS IS NOT a typical love story. My husband went to this movie unwillingly, fearing it was a ''Chick Flick''. He loved it!!! We'll not only be buying this video for our family, but several more as Christmas gifts!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this charming and romantic comedy, it is truly the hilarious supporting cast that makes this an outstanding movie. The witty dialogue will make you smile, and the soundtrack is just fantastic. I highly recommend it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lovely ensemble work by a diverse cast. The warmth of each character makes you feel like you've just made a bunch of new friends and when the movie is over you'll feel a genuine sadness that you have to let them go. It's one joyful surprise after another in terms of acting. A pleasure from start till end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good movie. has the right blend of love, laughter & tears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't going to watch this movie until I saw the cast. But now I'm glad I did. This is one of the best comedy/romance movies I have seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"What an unlikely pair" was my first thought when I saw David Duchovny and Minnie Driver in the preview to this Bonnie Hunt directed romantic comedy. But after watching this wonderful film, I just couldn't see anyone else doing these roles. Bonnie Hunt has put together a brilliant cast in an accomplished film that warms your heart and lifts your soul. Duchovny plays the part of Bob Rueland, an architect who is happily married to Elizabeth (played by Joely Richardson), a dedicated zoologist who is killed in a car accident. While he goes through the grief of losing his wife in death, another woman, Grace Briggs (played by Minnie Driver), is given new hope for life as she is given a heart in a transplant. It is Elizabeth's heart however that Grace receives that saves her life. After about a year, Bob begins to finally piece his life back together and meets Grace at an Italian/Irish restaurant that her grandfather owns where she works as a server. There is an immediate attraction between the two, and they begin to fall in love, neither aware that it is Elizabeth's heart that she carries. Bonnie Hunt crafts a delicate subject into a humorous, heart-warming and sometimes tearful story of courage and love. The supporting cast were all wonderful and believable, and the chemistry between Duchovny and Driver was perfect. This is without a doubt one of the best romantic comedys I have ever seen, and I have watched it numerous times, and I am sure I will watch it numerous times again. I highly recommend "Return To Me" to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not much of a fan of David Duchovney or Minne Driver, but the story line was interesting. As soon as the credits rolled, I wanted to watch the movie again. I laughed and cried at this touching, and unique storyline. David and Minnie are the perfect couple. David's facial expressions and ability to play the romantic lead are priceless. There are hillarious moments, as well as touching ones. The music in the movie is also wonderful, and really complements the entire storyline. If you buy the DVD, check out the commentary by Bonnie Hunt. It's great, because she doesn't talk over the whole movie, like on some DVD's. You can actually hear the movie-and it's like she is watching the movie along with you, only adding comments that she thinks are relative to the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't really like romantic movies like this, but I figured, what the heck, Mulder's in it, it might be entertaining. And it was so good! I cried throughout almost the whole movie, though, so it might be good to watch it by yourself in a dark room. ''Return to Me'' is not a conventional Hollywood romance, what with the Irish-Italian restaurant and Sydney the gorilla figuring prominently into the plot but it was definitely worth it. It has a good message, too. BE AN ORGAN DONOR!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you've had a bad day and just want to go home and be pleasantly entertained, this movie fills the bill! Carroll O'Connor, Robert Logia, Bonnie Hunt and Jim Belushi are wonderful in supporting roles. The love story is sweet, if not to be believed, but then what is? Very nice soundtrack, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great love story with the perfect blend of comedy. You'll laugh and cry and come full circle to a perfect ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Movies like this come along once in a while. Very well written. We use to call those Melodramas. Great movie to watch with your wife.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie as did my dad and the rest of the family. The cast of characters will crack you up b/c they remind you of your own family. A must see!