During her 25th high school class reunion, middle-aged Peggy Sue tries to forget her marital problems by renewing old friendships. Wondering if she made the right decisions in her life, Peggy Sue gets a chance to try again when, zapped into a time warp, she finds herself a teenager back in 1960.
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Very underrated Coppola film that perfectly weaves together humor, melancholy, and nostalgia. Similar in some ways to "Back to the Future" but perhaps a more adult take on the concept. Features two of my favorite performances from Nicolas Cage, who was so damn good in this phase of his career, and a young, scene-stealing Jim Carrey.
Kathleen Turner looks visibly older than her 1960s high school counterparts. This is only one of many problems plaguing PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, a Capra-esque fable directed by hired gun Francis Ford Coppola, brought in after Penny Marshall was fired. The combined eccentricities of Coppola, Nicolas Cage (intoning Pokey from THE GUMBY SHOW) and master d.p. Jordan Cronenweth transform what could've been utterly mediocre.
I think this movie missed a great opportunity to meaningfully communicate anything about the way that we think about and interact with our past, and also squandered a pretty interesting time travel idea to boot. Something about the entire enterprise rings hollow to me.
A hidden gem of comedy/entertainment. Though flawed, its affirmations of love are laudably presented. And as cheesy as he is, Nicolas Cage's caricature role is iconic, the best part of the film, and bizarrely resonant.
77/100 - Very Good (3.5)