Peggy Sue Got Married

1986

Peggy Sue Got Married

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Peggy Sue Got Married may seem just another in a line of '80s boomer nostalgia films, but none of the others have Kathleen Turner keen lead performance.

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During her 25th high school class reunion, middle-aged Peggy Sue (Kathleen Turner) tries to forget her marital problems with husband Charlie (Nicolas Cage) by renewing old friendships. Wondering if she made the right decisions in her life, Peggy Sue gets a chance to try again when, zapped into a time warp, she finds herself a teenager back in 1960. Armed with foreknowledge (the scene in which she tells off her algebra teacher is a particular treat), Peggy Sue gets to retrace the steps leading up to her unhappy marriage to high-school sweetheart Charlie. Will nerdish Richard Norvik (Barry Miller), who always carried a torch for Peggy Sue and whom she knows will become a millionaire computer mogul by 1985, win out over the unreliable Charlie this time? A "small" film from the otherwise profligate Francis Ford Coppola, Peggy Sue Got Married possesses an irresistible charm that makes up for its glaring plot deficiencies. The youthful cast is matched in its appeal by such veterans as Leon Ames, Maureen O'Sullivan and John Carradine. And yes, that is Jim Carrey as Walter Getz.

Cast

Kathleen Turner
as Peggy Sue
Nicolas Cage
as Charlie Bodell
Barry Miller
as Richard Norvik
Catherine Hicks
as Carol Heath
Joan Allen
as Maddy Nagle
Kevin J. O'Connor
as Michael Fitzsimmons
Barbara Harris
as Evelyn Kelcher
Don Murray
as Jack Kelcher
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Elizabeth Alvorg
Leon Ames
as Barney Alvorg
Helen Hunt
as Beth Bodell
Sofia Coppola
as Nancy Kelcher
Jim Carrey
as Walter Getz
Lisa Jane Persky
as Delores Dodge
Lucinda Jenney
as Rosalie Testa
Wil Shriner
as Arthur Nagle
Don Stark
as Doug Snell
Tom Teeley
as Reunion Band
Morgan Upton
as Mr. Gilford
Ron Cook
as Lodge Member
Marshall Crenshaw
as Reunion Band
Al Nalbandian
as Lodge Member
Ken Grantham
as Mr. Snelgrove
Joe Lerer
as Drunk Creep
Dan Leegant
as Lodge Member
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Critic Reviews for Peggy Sue Got Married

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (4)

  • This prom-night balloon of a movie floats easily above the year's other exercises in '50s nostalgia. If you dare reach for it, it will land smartly in your heart.

    Dec 14, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It's grave, lumbering, arrhythmic, and bloated, an emotional hogwallow of catchpenny insights and easy sentimentality.

    Dec 11, 2007 | Full Review…
  • What makes this treatment unique is that the jokes aren't so much derivative of pop culture, but are instead found in the learned wisdom of a middle-aged woman reacting to her own teenage dilemmas.

    Dec 11, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Ignore the ridiculous happy ending of this film, and you have a much more fatalistic exercise in which Coppola eschews easy laughs in favour of the exposure of feeling and the fact that these people's lives, however empty, matter to them.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Miss Turner's self-assured comic timing goes a long way toward salvaging the film, providing both moral and physical dimension to a role that scarcely exists.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • It's a wistful fantasy, a bright reminiscence, a Stroll down memory lane that's as glowingly conceived as it is slightly flawed.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Peggy Sue Got Married

  • Feb 03, 2014
    Somehow Kathleen Turner got the attention of Oscar for this essentially crappy film. Peggy Sue is given the chance to re-do her life and that of her husband (Nick Cage as another loser). This is not one that Coppola should remember fondly.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2011
    Slightly boring but part funny and feel-good.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    As you can see from the title, Peggy Sue got married, but she isn't happy with her marriage. In this time travel comedy she goes back in time to see just how she got where she is today. I really like this movie, the story is really cool, and the actors are great. I highly recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2010
    Erm. I think I was expecting more. Had some funny moments, but for a genre "comedy" it was far too sappy. Although Nicolas Cage's ridiculous voice was an interesting point, but hardly a selling point. I dunno, I was expecting many more laughs and a lot less love-loss, love stuff. Bleh. Don't need to watch it again... It also kinda lagged a lot in the middle. A lot a lot.
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer

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