Return To Me

Theatrical Release: April 7, 2000
Return To Me


When a happily married zoologist, who is also an organ donor, is killed in a car accident, the heart is given to a young woman in dire need of a heart transplant. A year later, this young woman is back at work, helping her grandfather run his Irish/Italian restaurant. As for our hero, he somberly walks through life, missing his beloved wife, and certainly not looking to get involved with dating. Well, not until he is invited out to eat at this very Irish/Italian restaurant. There he meets the pretty waitress, having no idea that she has acquired his wife’s heart.
The two begin dating and falling in love. But she is afraid to tell him that she has had a transplant, for fear it will scare him off. It isn’t until she is invited over to his place for dinner one evening that she uncovers a letter she had written anonymously to the family of the previous owner of her heart. In disbelieve that they are thus connected, she tells him the truth. Discovering that the lady you are falling in love with also possesses your dead wife’s heart can be a bit disconcerting. Ah, but this is a romantic comedy. With Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra singing on the soundtrack, how do you think it’s going to end?

Dove Review

The producers and the studio set out to make a gentle, romantic comedy. So why is there so much objectionable language in a PG film? A few years ago, a film with seven profanities and twelve obscenities – some from a toddler who repeats them after hearing his father say them, would have garnered a PG-13 rating. We just keep accepting more and more. Hearing a little kid repeat God d— is not funny or clever – which much of the rest of this film is – it’s just sad. If they had left out the misuse of God’s name and that of his son, I would have wholeheartedly recommended the film. But when I hear the lead in a movie use such language, I’m reminded that if words are the summation of the heart’s thoughts, then surely people who constantly misuses God’s name are contemptuous of His nature. “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45. Of course you could financially support a film that uses such speech, maintaining that you “shut” out the language, but if God doesn’t want us profaning His name, how do you think he feels about our supporting others who do so in the name of entertainment?

Content Description

Language: GD 3, once from a toddler repeating his father, Jesus 2, Christ 1, Oh God 6, S-word 6, Ass 3, SOB 3, one from a child repeating his father, expletives 3 – Alcohol: several scenes feature drinking beer or wine in a bar – Violence: a bloodied woman is seen on a gurney entering a hospital, her husband following with some of her blood on his shirt; she later dies off camera.


Company: MGM/UA
Writer: Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake
Director: Bonnie Hunt
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright