Teresa and I wanted a little break from the angst and pandering that seems to dominate the streaming channels. We decided to rewatch the movie “Return to Me“. We had watched it several years ago. This movie is a romantic comedy that was released in 2000. The title refers to the classic Dean Martin song “Return to Me” (Ritorna-Me), which is featured in the movie. It was was directed by Bonnie Hunt and cast David Duchovny and Minnie Driver in the leading roles.
The story revolves around Bob Rueland (Duchovny), a Chicago-based architect, and Grace Briggs (Driver), a waitress with a heart transplant. The plot centers around a twist of fate: Grace receives a heart transplant that, unbeknownst to her, comes from Bob’s deceased wife. When Bob and Grace meet, they feel an inexplicable connection and gradually fall in love. The film explores themes of love, loss, and the serendipitous ways in which people’s lives can intersect and profoundly change each other.
“Return to Me” blends humor with very poignant moments. The chemistry between Duchovny and Driver is palpable. The supporting cast, which includes notable actors like Carroll O’Connor, Robert Loggia, and Bonnie Hunt herself, also delivers solid performances. We really appreciated the movie’s emotional depth, old-fashioned charm and gentle humor.