When Peggy Sue faints at her high school reunion, she wakes
up twenty-five years earlier when she was still in high school.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Written by Jerry Leichtling and Arlene Sarner
Starring Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, Jim Carrey, Catherine Hicks, Joan Allen, Kevin J. O'Connor, Helen Hunt
Oscar Nominations - Best Actress (Kathleen Turner),
Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design
Peggy Sue Got Married is an oddball, but an enjoyable film nonetheless. While not exactly Oscar-worthy, in my opinion, Kathleen Turner delivers a decent performance as Peggy Sue, a woman out of time who believes she has the chance to change her past for the better. Beside her is Nicolas Cage in one of his earlier roles, playing the eccentric aspiring musician and Peggy Sue's boyfriend/future husband, Charlie Bodell. With a whole host of actors before they hit it big, this film is a quirky, funny romp back to the 1960's.
Peggy Sue Kelcher is a mother of two on the verge of a divorce from her cheating appliance salesman husband Charlie. She married young and believes she missed out on life because of it. But when she attends her reunion and passes out, she wakes up back in high school, having somehow traveled to the past. Here, she tries to change her life, but ends up falling in love with Charlie all over again. It's a charming look at something most of us wish we could do; go back and change our past decisions. The story is held together by the heartfelt performances.
Peggy Sue Got Married accomplishes a lot with a simple premise, easy-to-explain time travel, and a Nic Cage performance that makes The Wicker Man look tame by comparison. But that's why we love the guy. No one overacts like him. And of course, the message is genuine. Love is timeless, and when it's real, it can't be changed.