Saturday, March 12, 2011

Return To Me (2000) [PG] ***

Bob (David Duchovny) owns a commercial construction engineering company in Chicago. His wife Elizabeth (Joely Richardson) is a primate zoologist at the Chicago Zoo. Bob and Elizabeth are very much in love. Then, one evening after a zoo fundraising event Elizabeth is killed in an auto accident. Since she's an organ donor, her heart is transplanted into Grace (Minnie Driver), the granddaughter of Marty O'Reilly (Carroll O'Connor), a kindly gentleman who, with a group of his senior citizens friends, runs O'Reilly's Italian Restaurant, where Grace works as a waitress.

In a strange twist of fate, Bob meets Grace at the restaurant, and they are instantly drawn to one another. However, Grace is very self-conscious about her heart transplant scar, and after several months of dating, she still has not told Bob. Then one evening at Bob's flat, Grace discovers the letter of thanks that she had written and sent to the organ donor institute, to be forwarded to the family of her heart donor, and she realizes that Elizabeth's heart is beating in her chest.

David Duchovny and Minnie Driver are attractive leads, and there's reasonable chemistry between them, although there isn't a great deal of romantic tension or memorable dialogue. The plot line is linear and straightforward, with no real surprises. So Return to Me will be best appreciated by those who enjoy low-key, character-driven romantic dramas like Only YouKissing a Fool and A Stranger's Heart, as well as fans of Minnie Driver and David Duchovny. 

Labels: comedy, drama, romance     
Internet Movie Database     
Metacritic 54/100     
Tomatometer (critics=61, viewers=80)

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