Return to Me

April 7th, 2000


Return to Me

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A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 6.7/10 (11,024 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Bonnie Hunt

Stars: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O'Connor

The film opens with a loving husband and wife preparing for a very important fund raising dinner. The evening ends with the loss of the wife. In a hospital a weak young woman who may die soon if she can not get a new heart. Jump ahead one year the young woman received a heart and is trying to adjust to a life no longer counted by hours or days, she can actually make plans. The grieving husband and his dog are still trying to adjust to life without his wife. His friends keep trying to pry him from his "work is my life" existence by setting him up on blinds dates. Finally he actually shows up for one at an Irish-Italian restaurant where he finds himself more attracted to the waitress than his blind date. He finds an excuse to return to the restaurant in hopes of seeing the waitress again, there's just something attractive about her. Unknown to both the attraction they both feel for one another is Grace has the heart of Bob's dead wife...

Writers: Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake

David Duchovny - Bob Rueland
Minnie Driver - Grace Briggs
Carroll O'Connor - Marty O'Reilly
Robert Loggia - Angelo Pardipillo
Bonnie Hunt - Megan Dayton
David Alan Grier - Charlie Johnson
Joely Richardson - Elizabeth Rueland
Eddie Jones - Emmett McFadden
James Belushi - Joe Dayton
Marianne Muellerleile - Sophie
William Bronder - Wally Jatczak
Brian Howe - Mike
Chris Barnes - Jeff
Adam Tanguay - Adam Dayton
Karson Pound - Karson Dayton

Taglines: A comedy straight from the heart.


Official Website: MGM |

Release Date: 7 April 2000

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,820,836 (USA) (9 April 2000) (2007 Screens)

Gross: $32,662,299 (USA) (17 September 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The uncredited Bicycle Boys who challenge Grace to a race are Taylor Lake (purple helmet/son of Don Lake and Claire Lake), and Ross (green helmet/nephew of Bonnie Hunt).

Continuity: Grace sends her letter to her heart donor's family in a small (5-1/2 or 6") envelope, but when she pulls the envelope out from under the box on Bob's dresser, it's grown to be a full size (9") envelope.

Marty: [to Angelo, who is singing Italian songs loudly in the kitchen] Will you go find yourself a gondola?

User Review

One of the best romantic comedies for all ages.

Rating: 10/10

Return to Me is a movie you will want to own. It is a story of inspiration and family love that appeals to all ages. The story, though seemingly impossible, aspires to divine intervention when a man looses his wife in a tragic accident and finds that love again in the woman who receives his wife's heart. David Duchovny and Minnie Driver give warm hearted performances as the designated to-be-lovers who meet by chance. But the real story lies in the friends and family around them who love and support them in times of trial. Carol O'Connor as Minnie Driver's grandfather, is authentic in every scene. Bonnie Hunt as the friend whose wit and encouragement underlines Minnie as a 'sister' is funny yet warm in the scenes especially with James Belushi as her husband. Classic scenes and writing makes this story so enjoyable and touching to watch over and over again. Thank you for making a movie that demonstrates families and friends as close knit caring people who love each other through difficult times.


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