Now and Then, one of the most memorable coming-of-age films of the 90’s, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Following the stylings of such classics as Stand By Me, the film follows the lives of four twelve-year-old girls (Roberta, Sam, Chrissy, and Teeny) in the summer of 1970 as they try to solve the mystery of how a young boy (Dear Johnny) died in their neighborhood years before. Though this mystery is at the center of the film, it deals with so many more crucial aspects of life: love, loss, sex, divorce, and above all, growing up. That summer, the four girls make a pact to always be there for each other, and twenty years later they come together to make good on that promise. The film stars Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Gaby Hoffman, Rosie O’Donnell, Melanie Griffith, Rita Wilson, and Demi Moore. It was directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and written by I. Marlene King, who you may now know as the creator of Pretty Little Liars.
After twenty years, we still love the film’s iconic moments. I can’t even tell you how many times I sang “Knock Three Times” while riding my bike as a kid. Who could forget the girls stealing the Wormers’ clothes at the lake? What about Roberta and Scott’s first kiss? Roberta’s meltdown? Still gets me every time. Sam almost drowning in the sewer? Thank God for Crazy Pete, am I right? Speaking of which, we will always be able to count on Crazy Pete to blow us away with his wise words.
It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since this beloved film was released. Looking back on it now fills me with so much nostalgia. It has so much heart and there’s something for everyone to relate to, regardless of gender or age. Maybe that’s why, even twenty years later, we still love it so much.