Tuesday’s Overlooked: Return to Me (2000)

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My selection this week came as I was passing through the channels over the long holiday weekend. My movie-loving blogging colleague Ruth of Flixchatter, has recommended this film many times over and I just never got around to watching it. The film I am talking about is the 2000 romcom/dramedy Return to Me starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver, directed by Bonnie Hunt.


If ever there was a human transplant story to make you laugh, cry and ultimately feel romantically fulfilled, this is it. On the one hand, the grief and heartache (literal and figurative) are so pronounced – the combination of: the tragedy of losing a loved one, the agony, anticipation and hope of receiving a life-saving gift and a new lease on life is balanced with the most subtle yet effective comedic touches.

Everything about this film works for me: the setting, the characters (and the wonderful cast who portray them), and the music. It’s a shame that Bonnie Hunt has not directed more feature films. I think I might start a petition of something.

On a slightly sadder note, Return to Me also marks the final film appearances of both Carroll O’Connor and Dick Cusack (father of John and Joan).

For a more thorough look at the film (from several angles), I refer you to Ruth’s site.


  1. Wahooo!!! I’m soooo glad you finally saw this. I can’t recommend this enough and the more I watch this the more I fall in love with it. I love both lead actors, David and Minnie have such an effortless chemistry. But this movie also boast one of the most lovable supporting cast, everyone here are just awesome. The music is fabulous and the dialog is hilarious.

    Joe Dayton: So, Charlie, what do you do?
    Charlie Johnson: I’m a vet.
    Joe Dayton: Oh.
    Joe Dayton: I didn’t go to ‘Nam.

    Can’t you tell I adore this movie 😀
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