Peggy Sue Got Married Reviews
It also kinda lagged a lot in the middle. A lot a lot.
Kathleen Turner and Nicolas Cage star together in this film that takes Peggy (Turner) into her past. While she is at a high school reunion she gets to re-examine her life and love choices in her senior year of high school. Kathleen looks great and the premise is good. Another "must see" film on my list.
The plot follows Peggy Sue (Kathleen Turner), a woman in her 40s who has had a less than fulfilling life since she married her High School sweetheart (Nicholas Cage) at the age of eighteen. The film opens with her at her 20th/30th high school reunion (class of 1960, why they?re having a reunion in 1986 I do not know). To her great surprise she is elected reunion queen and as she goes up to accept her award she faints. Upon waking Peggy Sue finds herself having been transported into the body of her seventeen year old self back in 1960 for abstract reasons. There, she get a chance to play out her teen years again knowing what she knows now.
This is a nice little high concept premise, though there is room for work. Notable I wished they had come up with a different time frame then the late fifties, a time that?s been done to death, particularly in the similar Back to the Future. I would have liked a better set up of Peggy Sue?s life in the present so that I could better know her motivations, what she wants to change in the past.
Kathleen Turner is good in the lead role, she manages to give Peggy Sue a touch of a trailer trash aesthetic without taking it too far. It was also a pleasure to see Nicholas Cage before he started to be a parody of himself. The rest of the cast is fairly run of the mill.
This was a cute, mostly innocuous film, I had fun with it. However, it is sad to see what Francis Ford Coppola had been reduced to circa 1986. He went from a decade of masterpieces to this. This film could have been made by any moderately competent filmmaker and if I didn?t know ahead of time I never would have guessed this was done by a cinematic master like Coppola. Still, the film itself shouldn?t be penalized for having an over-qualified director at the helm. It?s good, but nothing great.
Turner relives her teenage years and gets to amend old grievances, mend old relationships, settle old scores and screw the guy she really wanted. In short, she gets the fabled "second chance" (knowing what she knows now) that we all dream about. Ironically she also makes the same mistakes and exercises the same poor judgment, causing her to wind up right back in the same adult situation. Peggy Sue Got Married ends on a happy (or sappy) note when it is implied that she will reconcile with her hubby. So the moral is two-fold: If given that coveted second chance having learned life's lessons, we are captive to our character flaws and most of us would still fuck it all up. This is tempered by the happier 'everything is really for the best/there's no place like home.'
There are some fairly funny scenes in which the writers play up those little issues we all carry from high school like having a second chance to say what you should have said, but didn't think of at the time. There is also some cynical humor in Turner experiencing everything the second time around from an adult perspective. Ultimately, the movie is kind of captivating because it captures that wonderful fantasy everyone has about being able to go back. To go back and see old relatives and friends who are no more, your old room, your old pet, everything the way it was back when tomorrow was still wonderful.