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Now and Then Reviews

A sappy, derivative girls' coming-of-age tale set in the groovy '70s. Four childhood friends meet as adults to celebrate the imminent arrival of one woman's child; inevitably, they reminisce about their lost girlhood. The grown-ups are played by one minor star (Rita Wilson) and three of our most important screen actresses (Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell and Melanie Griffith: Have we really sunk so low?). Wisely, the film leaves most of the action to the younger cast members (notably the talented Christina Ricci), who play 12-year-old versions of the adult stars in an extended flashback to the summer of 1970. This first effort by Moore's production company is light on drama and heavy on sentimental contrivance. Not even the catchy soundtrack -- a slightly anachronistic bubblegum hit parade by the Monkees, the Jackson 5, Diana Ross et al. -- is enough to keep this well-intentioned bagatelle bopping along.