are qualities about Peggy Sue Got Married that make it
hard to categorize. Much of it plays like a comedy, yet there
are few scenes that do more than bring a smile of fond
remembrance to your face. In fact, the film is blatantly
sentimental and old-fashioned. The sensibilities, though
streamlined and updated, remind me a lot of Capra's classic
small town movies. There are no bad guys in director Francis
Ford Coppola's vision; just circumstances that make people the
way they are. Could you call this a cartoon romance? How about
an innocent fantasy? No matter, Peggy Sue Got Married is thoroughly
likeable and entertaining.
Kathleen Turner gets one of her most appealing roles as Peggy
Sue. Turner magically turns younger through force of personality
more than anything else. She captures the right mixture of
cynicism and innocence. Watching Peggy Sue Got Married
made me want to revisit some other Turner vehicles, especially
the wonderful War of the Roses, another film in which
Turner has to turns younger. Nicolas Cage makes the most of his
eccentric delivery as Charlie. Man, did he look young in Peggy
Sue Got Married. In fact, Cage was only 22 to Turner's 32.
Jim Carrey has a nice supporting role as cut-up and future
dentist Walter Ness and veteran actors Barbara Harris and Don
Murray are fine as Peggy Sue's parents.
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