NOW AND THEN
1995, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Lesli Linka Glatter

During a pivotal 1970 summer, four friends (Gaby Hoffmann, Thora Birch, Christina Ricci and Ashleigh Aston Moore) make a pact to always be there for one another; 20 years later, as one is about to become a mother, they reunite and reminisce. Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, Rosie O'Donnell and Rita Wilson play the girls as adults in this poignant coming-of-age tale, which features a great period soundtrack and the coolest treehouse since STAND BY ME.


UNCLE BUCK
1989, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: John Hughes

John Candy plays the irrepressible title character in this comedy from writer-director John Hughes. When Bob and Cindy Russell need to leave their new home in Chicago to deal with a family emergency, they reluctantly turn to Bob’s brother Buck to watch the children for a few days. While Uncle Buck is hardly a role model - he makes his living betting on rigged horse races - he proves remarkably adept with kids. Costarring Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffmann and Macaulay Culkin, whom Hughes would leave HOME ALONE a year later.


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