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Return To Me (2000) [DVD]

David Duchovny , Minnie Driver , Bonnie Hunt    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O'Connor, Robert Loggia, Bonnie Hunt
  • Directors: Bonnie Hunt
  • Writers: Bonnie Hunt, Andrew Stern, Don Lake, Samantha Goodman
  • Producers: C.O. Erickson, Jennie Lew Tugend, Melanie Greene
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek
  • Dubbed: German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005423E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,653 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A romantic comedy vehicle for X-Files star David Duchovny, Return to Me costars Minnie Driver as Grace, an ailing waitress whose life is saved when she receives a heart transplant. Meanwhile, Duchovny's architect Bob is grieving over the death of his zoologist wife and sweetheart since childhood Elizabeth (Joely Richardson), killed in a car accident. A year on, he agrees to go out on a disastrous blind date redeemed by his encounter with the comely and witty Grace. Abetted by her redoubtable Irish Catholic grandfather (played by Carroll O'Connor), they hit it off and start dating. But when Grace accidentally discovers from whom she received the vital organ that saved her life the blossoming relationship is tested to its utmost.

Return to Me is not for the hardboiled cynic-it's a gentle, funny and very charming tragi-comedy. It's sweetly chaste, too, with Grace's self-consciousness about the chest scar from her operation precluding any steamy sex scenes. All this adds to its old-world charm, which is further exacerbated by O'Connor and his ageing restaurant staff's late-night card games, in which they discuss the merits of Sinatra and Dean Martin and generally function as a seven dwarves-type collective to Driver's Snow White. James Belushi also chimes in as the lovably slobbish hubby of Grace's best friend. Ultimately, however, the success of the film is down to the shy chemistry between Duchovny and Driver.

On the DVD: The feature itself is presented in 16:9 widescreen. Numerous extras include trailers, a deleted scene, a music video for the featured big band number "What If You Loved Me", and an audio commentary by writer/director Bonnie Hunt, in which she talks about the unpredictable joys of working with Sydney the Gorilla, whose on-screen performance outshines those of many of the humans. --David Stubbs

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After his zoologist wife is killed in a car crash, Bob Rueland (David Duchovny) dedicates himself to building the gorilla enclosure which meant so much to her. He has no plans to fall in love again, and is surprised to find himself drawn to local waitress Grace (Minnie Driver). Romance blossoms, but their developing relationship is haunted by a shocking secret: Grace has recently recovered from a heart transplant operation in which she was given Bob's wife's heart.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, Funny and Sweet film 28 Mar 2001
This is a great movie which returns to a time when romantic comedies involved simply that - romance. It is the bitter sweet story of a man who loses his wife, only to unknowingly fall in love with the woman who receives her heart via a transplant. Though this sounds far fetched it is played in a very down to earth, simple way that makes the idea believable. The DVD includes a fasinating (and extremely funny) Directors commentary (which also features the voice of Bonnie Hunts co-writer), a cut scene called "Danny Boy", a music video, and the original theatrical trailer. David Duchovny is great in the part of Bob (who is a builder - obviously they don't get that cartoon in the US!), and plays both comedy and grief very well. Minnie Driver is her normally sweet self and one of the truely great surprises of the film is her relationship with Bonnie Hunts character. The delight of this film is that all its elements work well and realistically. The scenes of Bonnie Hunts character's home and children make real life a beauty to behold. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes a little old fashioned romance :)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most enjoyable films I have seen 14 Nov 2002
By A Customer
This has to be one of the most enjoyable films I have ever seen,
it's funny, sad and an absolutely brilliant soundtrack. A basic old fashioned love story which we don't see enough of in films now, David Duchovny and Minnie Driver look great together, but it's her Grandfather and his friends in their Irish Italian ( yes I'm right!) restaurant that for me, steal the show. The banter between them is hilarious, I've watched this films lots of times and each time I see or hear something new,,,,,especially the sign in the restaurant " Genuine Irishman for hire, for singing, dancing, and geneneral carrying on " !
Don't miss it !!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This film was a wonderful one to watch. Minnie Driver and David Duchovny were great together,and had a great on-screen chemistry. The rest of the cast were fabulous,so funny,especially the restaurant gang and James Belushi. I haven't laughed so much for ages! A real heart-warming film that will leave you with a big cheesy grin on your face long after the credits have rolled. Just gorgeous.Buy it now!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serendipity 20 Aug 2004
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I stumbled upon the DVD of this film gathering dust in corner of my local video store. When I read the cover I found it hard to imagine that I would enjoy it. It had been released almost 4 years ago, I had never even heard of it and the storyline and the list of actors and actresses, apart from Minnie Driver, did not inspire confidence. However, I decided to rent it and I was very pleasantly surprised. The film is a brilliant, understated, old-fashioned romantic comedy and I am amazed that it is not far better known than it is. The romance between Bob and Grace (Duchovny and Driver) is very believable, which is more than can be said for the leads in many romantic movies. Their budding, bittersweet romance contrasts beautifully with the raucous, stressful, but nonetheless very successful marriage that her best friend Megan (Hunt) enjoys with her husband Joe (Belushi). Bonnie Hunt both co-wrote and directed the film and deserves a lot of credit for this film. If you love watching the romantic comedies of the 1940s and 1950s with their slick dialogue and old-fashioned, rather innocent, romance then this film is for you. However, if your taste runs to the over-the-top characters and crazy hilarity of films such as "There's Something About Mary" then perhaps it is best to rent it first and see if it suits. Personally I will buy this, add it to my "must see" collection and enjoy it for many years to come. A real unexpected treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best romantic comedies ever!!! 28 Jan 2004
THis is a brilliant comedy, written by Bonnie Hunt who plays Megan. ITs so obvious that all of the cast had a ball making this film, they either are friends or have become friends since because in Bonnie Hunts tv show all of the cast of this film bar Minnie Driver have guest starred! The rapor between the actors is fabulous, the script is brilliant and so natural...I loved it! Its a classic, great idea and brilliantly written and superbly acted! A treat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking Romantic Comedy 11 Nov 2000
Return To Me is one of the best romantic comedies of all time. It's groundbreaking with it's rather unusual never-seen-before plotline and the movie itself makes you laugh, cry and smile over and over again. Outstanding actors and a job very-well-done by all people involved. Bonnie Hunt really has a sence for quality and she is not afraid of showing it in this delicious all-time film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars absurd plot but enjoyable, moving comedy 10 Aug 2008
From an absurd plot - Chicago architect David Duchovny falls in love with the woman who (unknown to him) has received the transplanted heart of his dead wife - first time director Bonnie Hunt (she has a good role in the movie, too) crafts a very fine romantic comedy. Minnie Driver, as the virginal and much younger Grace (this is a very catholic movie) has never been better as the object of Duchovny's chaste affection. The movie main suspense is about how Duchovny will react when he learns about Grace' history - and what will happen to their relationship. The movie is also a paean to a working class ethnic America that is disappearing fast, product of assimilation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic romantic comedy! 10 Dec 2000
If you beleive in fate you will love this film. Duchovny and Driver have fantastic on-screen chemistry and it is nice to see him in something new and fresh. The story is captivating and incredibly touching! Don't bother renting it, just buy it now! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice easy going film to watch
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Loved it!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time in perfect condition. Really please
Cheesey rom com. Arrived on time in perfect condition. Really please.
Published 12 days ago by Danielle Foggin
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed this weather
Only used once but impressed so far.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Herring
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable storyline but enjoyable
This film is enjoyable but predictable. Worth a watch though.
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Great film real Romcom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely romantic movie
First saw this Movie on a flight to the States and I loved it. Wonderful performance from Minnie Driver and David Duchovny.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by martina
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable light romance.
I really enjoyed this film. The characters were well developed and the story well played out. Possibly the language was a little rough in places; it's a pity that happens as it... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film
This is a movie that I had taped a long time ago. It's not likely be shown again, so I replaced my taped version with this modern up-to-date wide screen version.
Published 11 months ago by Valerie Simpson
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