Four friends recall their life when they were best friends and they were growing up together and experiencing both great times and bad times. The four young friends (Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore) had great adventures together such as teaming up to try and find out the mystery of how a 12-year-old boy died and playing various pranks on each other. That was then. Now they're all grown up and all four (Melanie Griffith, Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Rita Wilson) of them get together and relive the past and tell about how they're doing now, years later. One thing still holds true. All four of them made a pact to always stick together and to be there for each other when ever they needed it.
"Now and Then" is a good coming of age movie. It reminded me a lot of "Stand By Me," which is one of my favorite movies of all time. "Now and Then" isn't as good as "Stand By Me," but it's still a good movie in its own right. It has its charming and funny moments, and it's serious and depressing at other times. I recommend "Now and Then" to anybody who likes good coming of age movies. It might even remind you of some of your childhood, such as playing Red Rover. Every now and then, most of us like reminiscing about the good times we had growing up such as being able to play games and have a good time without worrying about working or whether or not we're making enough money, I know I do. And "Now and Then" will bring up a lot of great memories for that reason. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. I was being generous, this is an alright movie, but nowhere near being in the same league as "Stand By Me." Only part I found kinda funny was the skinny dipping scene, and that was at how unimpressive the naked butts were.