Los Angeles Times - 10/08/1986
"...Nothing prepares you for the rush of real emotion the film generates, for its poignance, its reassurance or its high of pure pleasure..."
A charming twist on the Rip van Winkle fairy tale, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED tells the story of Peggy Sue Bodell (Kathleen Turner), a 43-year-old wife and mother who, while attending her high school reunion, faints and wakes up back in 1960. Peggy Sue lives with her mom and dad, attends high school, and dates her future husband (Nicolas Cage). Will knowing what her future holds make Peggy Sue change her life while she has the chance' Kathleen Turner received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for her role as a middle-aged woman encountering the problems of a teen.
Francis Ford Coppola's seriocomic drama is the charming tale of middle-aged Peggy Sue Bodell (Kathleen Turner). As an unhappy mother of two, considering divorce from her weasel of a husband, it doesn't seem like a great time to have to attend her 25-year high school reunion and contemplate all those youthful dreams that didn't come true. But at the party Peggy Sue faints...and wakes up to find herself 18 again and back in high school in 1960, where she gets the chance to "do it all over again." Peggy Sue reveals to her shocked brainy schoolmate Richard Norvik (Barry Miller) some of his future "high-tech" inventions and has a fling with a dreamy Beat poet (Michael Fitzsimmons). Now realizing she has the ability to rearrange her future, she must decide if her true happiness lies with future husband Charlie (Nicolas Cage), a Fabian wannabe. Helen Hunt is Peggy's supportive daughter and Maureen O'Sullivan appears in a small role as the grandmother Peggy gets to revisit. Turner was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her funny, believable role as a woman sent back in time to high school.