Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

DailyView: Day 125, Movie 198

So I went to Starz tonight for the DailyView and pulled a film from the mid 1980s called Peggy Sue Got Married. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, of which I had no idea. It featured the acting skills of Nicolas Cage and Kathleen Turner, again, which I did not know. It was a time travel-type film. However, I have to say, I was not thrilled with the movie. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I disliked the movie.

Peggy Sue (Kathleen Turner) went with her daughter (Helen Hunt) to her high school reunion despite recently separating from her husband Charlie (Nic Cage), whom she had been with since high school. When she was announced as the queen of the reunion, she passed out. When she awoke, she was back in time, just before her 18th birthday with all her memories and the baggage that she had.

The performances were fine, but Nicolas Cage was using the strangest, most annoying voice and I did not understand why. It made me not care about his character.

Kathleen Turner was fine, but her character, Peggy Sue, was all over the place. I had a difficult time following the swings her character was taking. She was the most inconsistent character of the film. I never got an idea of what she wanted and her motives and desires were a total mishmash.

Some of the side characters are interesting, but underdeveloped. We get a short look at a young Jim Carrey, but his role is basically nothing. There is more to do for Barry Miller as Richard, as the only person Peggy Sue tells about the future. Not much else happens with this pairing. There is the inclusion in Kevin J. O’Connor as the mysterious Michael Fitzsimmons as a character that has zero reason for being included.

This was disappointing. Rotten Tomatoes score was high, but Peggy Sue Got Married was not for me.

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