Back When We Were Grownups

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"Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered that she had turned into the wrong person."
  • PG
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 6.1  (344)

Back When We Were Grownups is a drama film released in 2004. Directed by Ron Underwood and based on Anne Tyler's novel of the same name, the movie takes us on the emotional journey of a woman named Rebecca Davitch, played by Blythe Danner. Rebecca is a 53-year-old widow and mother of three, running a catering business out of her sprawling family home in Baltimore. She is the head of a large, chaotic, and loving family that includes her late husband's relatives. However, despite a successful career and a loving family, Rebecca can't help but wonder what her life would have been like if she had married her college sweetheart, Will, played by Peter Fonda.

One day, while musing on her life, Rebecca finds an old photo of herself with Will and decides to take a trip down memory lane. She contacts him, and the two decide to meet up after almost four decades. In the process, Rebecca starts questioning the choices she's made in her life, and wonders if she's made the right decisions.

As Rebecca embarks on this journey, she begins to realize that adulthood and growing old is not as planned. She starts to feel discontented with her life, her career, and her relationships. Her longing for things to be different leads her to start a quest to rediscover who she truly is and who she wants to be.

Throughout the movie, Rebecca dissects her past, the decisions she made and examines them through a new and different perspective. She seeks advice from her family, friends, and even complete strangers, hoping to find some understanding of who she really is.

The film is peppered with flashbacks, taking the viewer through different parts of Rebecca's life. We see her as a young girl, growing up with her beloved grandfather, played by Jack Palance, and as a young woman, falling in love with Will. The scenes are expertly interwoven, adding depth to the character of Rebecca and providing insights into the development of her thought process.

The supporting cast also offers excellent performances. Faye Dunaway plays Rebecca's snobbish and judgmental sister, who is constantly criticizing Rebecca's life choices. Peter Fonda is charming as Will and brings a sense of nostalgia that perfectly complements Rebecca's quest to recapture her youth.

The film focuses on the themes of regret, hope, and the complexities of family dynamics, while also providing a nostalgic look at the concept of growing old. The viewer is taken through the highs and lows of Rebecca's life, showing the audience that despite the fact that we can't control every aspect of our lives, we have the power to make changes and transform ourselves.

Back When We Were Grownups is a poignant and thought-provoking film that offers a deep perspective on life and aging. It is a beautifully crafted movie that captures the essence of the characters' emotions while showcasing the complexities of relationships, love, and the desire to be true to oneself.

Back When We Were Grownups is a 2004 tv movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1.

Back When We Were Grownups
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    1 hr 38 min
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    6.1  (344)