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Now and Then (1995)
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by Laura Kyle

"I liked it then, and can tell that it sucks now."
3 stars

You’re gonna have to search high and low for a glowing review of Now and Then, the bone thrown to all the pre-teen girls who were left out when Stand By Me charmed critics and moviegoers alike. But, having owned this video as a 12-yr-old, I can tell you there is a certain nostalgia the film stirs up in me… so consider this one of the best reviews you’ll ever read of Now and Then. Take it with a particle of a grain of salt.

Three of the four young stars would follow Now and Then up with fairly lucrative careers, while one would fall off the face of the Earth. But it’s no overstatement to say the amateur cast had enough talent to go around. Christina Ricci, in her more innocent, mainstream days, is Roberta, a tough, motherless tomboy, taping up her rack, for fear of being too feminine. Gaby Hoffman is Samantha, Roberta’s best friend, and a brooding product of a broken home. Thora Birch is Tina (Teeny), a starry-eyed wannabe actress who, unlike Roberta, stuffs her bra. And Ashleigh Aston Moore (the one who stumbled off the planet) is Chrissy, the dorky, tubby prude of the troop.

Their coming-of-age tale is told in one long flashback, when the four adult versions of them meet up for a reunion. Rosie O’Donnell is Roberta all grown up (poor little Ricci, “is that what I’ll look like when I grow up?”), Demi Moore is Samantha, Melanie Griffith is Tina, and alas, Rita Wilson is Chrissy. The recognizable names of these more experienced actresses warrant them references on the cover box, but they’re hardly in it.

So, the girls become young women… by way of an unsolved mystery. Yes, it’s a pseudo-Nancy Drew story of sorts. And Devon Sawa puckers up to Ricci for a second time after Casper, filling in for the role of the “cute boy.” But plot aside, Now and Then is a movie that everyone who was ever a 12-yr-old girl can manage to crack a grin at.

Male critics may be quick to pounce on Now and Then for its four main characters, who are simply stated and developed with clichés, not actual WRITING, but for those of us with two X chromosomes, they’ll come off a little more genuine.

So, there’s a certain glee in reliving those years before High School (or Mean Girls), and the young cast is charming enough.

Now and Then overtly tries to get its audience to fall in love with it, almost to a sickening extent. And its heavy themes of… “friendship”… fall flat. But there’s a carefree quality to the film and it will play at slumber parties for all eternity. Hey, it’s better than every Olsen Twin film combined. I know that’s not saying much, but Now and Then is one of those movies that will stick with you even when you get old enough to realize what crap it is.

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12/20/14 Jen Ashleigh Aston Moore passed away. Check IMDB. Might want to remove the snarky comments. 3 stars
1/08/09 Ranetta i really liked the "then" part, but the "now" part wasn't that great... 3 stars
10/12/08 Samantha Pruitt this was such a great and sentimental film, the young talent is great! 5 stars
12/01/05 yassy great! i loved it one of the best films i have ever seen 5 stars
4/28/05 Carolyn Rathburn It is hard to go home again, and to expect relationships not to change. 4 stars
4/20/05 Chris Stephens Great movie for girls 5 stars
4/19/05 Maril Smith Adorable movie that every young woman should see at least twice in their lives. 4 stars
4/18/05 Christy Kinda interesting 3 stars
1/21/04 Betty White Underrated, entertaining chick flick. 5 stars
1/05/04 cwlg420 yawn 3 stars
11/27/03 he a great film 5 stars
10/08/03 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng Fantastic movie! Gaby Hoffman and Thora Birch, fuck yeah!!! 5 stars
8/06/03 justin southall good 5 stars
5/24/02 Chowie gaby hoffman and demi moore look so alike its uncanny 5 stars
4/04/02 cat I love this move! And the actors even resemble each other (not so for alot of aging films) 5 stars
3/28/02 Meg It was excellent! 5 stars
3/02/01 lisa after watching this i thought my friends really sucked 5 stars
2/01/01 Lydia Lechner excellent movie 5 stars
2/06/00 Kyle Broflovski Stand by me for girls. Just what I always wanted. :-) 5 stars
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