In a matter of days, Now and Then will be available for streaming on Netflix, and I couldn’t be more excited about the news!
The TV streaming service has announced that the coming of age classic will be live on their platform on August 1st, 2019.
You no longer have to dig through your old gear and find the VCR to play the VHS version of Now and Then. The popular ‘90s classic features stars like Demi Moore, Christina Ricci, and Rosie O’Donnell, and has a cult-like following (myself included).
Grab your bikes and find your best friends because "Now and Then" will be available to stream on Netflix US starting August 1 pic.twitter.com/cayBZjS63B
— Netflix US (@netflix) July 23, 2019
In case you need a refresher, the movie is about four childhood girlfriends who reunite as adults to help see their old friend Chrissy Dewitt Williams through the end of her first pregnancy.
At their reunion, the girls recall their memories from one unforgettable summer when the innocent girls blossomed, making us all feel nostalgic.
Their present day lives are showed intermittently with their childhood lives in the summer of 1970 – when a lot of crazy stuff went down.
Christina Ricci and Rosie O’Donnell both played the role of Roberta – Rosie played the grown up and a young Christina played the child growing up in the seventies.
Thora Birch and Melanie Griffith played Tina, aka Teeny. Ashleigh Aston Moore played young Chrissy while Rita Wilson played grown Chrissy. As for Samantha, Gaby Hoffmann played the younger role while Demi Moore played the grownup.
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Here are 10 interesting facts about the film to get you excited for its release on Netflix!
The movie had a 12 million USD budget and ended up making over $37 million (total lifetime grosses) around the world.
Did you know that the film shares a connection with Pretty Little Liars? Not only are they both about four female teens, but the film’s writer, I. Marlene King, is the PLL executive producer.
Plus, the film’s female director (girl power!), Lesli Linka Glatter, has since directed episodes of Gilmore Girls, NYPD Blue, Freaks and Geeks, Pretty Little Liars, Grey’s Anatomy, and the list goes on.
The movie takes place in Shelby, Indiana. Although, most of the filming took place in Statesboro, Ga.
King revealed in an interview with After Ellen that the character Roberta was originally written as a lesbian. It was a different time back then, and the studio didn’t approve this part of the script.
“Unfortunately at the time the studio were originally in scripts supportive of the character of Roberta being gay,” she said.
“And when we tested, they decided to cut that part of the story out. It was unfortunate because we all sort of knew that character was developed as a gay character in that ensemble.”
Look out for Rumer Willis – she plays her mother’s character’s younger sister.
The soundtrack to this movie was awesome, featuring some of the greatest pop classics from the Monkees, the Temptations, the Jackson 5, the Supremes, and the Archies.
Leonardo DiCaprio almost scored a role in the film – he was set to play the role of the Vietnam vet but had to bail out at the last second due to scheduling conflicts.
Brendan Fraser was a last-minute swap for the role, and we must say, he did a great job!
The film was loosely based on King’s childhood, which was largely defined by her parent’s divorce when she was in the 12th grade.
The writer’s favorite part of the movie? When Christina Ricci and Devon Sawa kiss.
“It’s still one of my favorite scenes, and that was like a real memory,” King dished. “That was just like my first kiss when he kisses Roberta. That was like right out of my life’s story and was so true to life.”
Sidenote: Sawa was cast for the role after producers noted his on-screen chemistry with Ricci in Casper.
According to I. Marlene King, there was almost a TV adaption for the film, but that project never came to fruition (heavy sigh). Luckily, we can get our fix this weekend by watching the classic over and over again.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, King shared: “It was just such a special time. It was one of those things where everything was flawless.”
“We came together as a family to make that movie, and I think you see it on the screen. It was such a special time, and it was a blessed project in that way. Everything that could go right, did go right,” she added.
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) July 24, 2019