Now and Then (film)

1995 film by Lesli Linka Glatter

Now and Then is a 1995 comedy-drama film about a group of four friends who recall a life-changing summer they had as young girls in 1970.

Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter. Written by I. Marlene King
In every woman there is the girl she left behind. taglines


Vietnam veteran: I'm going to tell you something I wish someone would have told me when I was your age.
Chrissy: Oh yeah? What's that?
Vietnam veteran: Your parents aren't always right.
Samantha: No shit.

Roberta: You can't get pregnant from French kissing!
Chrissy: I know that, beetle-brain, but it's common knowledge that if you tongue-kiss a boy, he automatically thinks you'll do the deed with him. They can't help it. They're driven. It's the male curse.
Samantha: Oh? And what deed would that be?
Chrissy: You know...planting the seed and watering the flower. Isn't that how it works? The man takes his watering can and sprinkles it on the flower.

Mrs. DeWitt: [Explaining sex to her daughter] All women have a garden, and a garden needs a big hose to water it... or a small hose... as long as it works.

Bully: Why don't you go home and play with your dolls.
Chrissy: The only doll Roberta's got is a G.I. Joe!

Samantha: [walking to Dear Johnny's grave to lay flowers and sees Crazy Pete putting flowers on Johnny and his mother's grave] You're Peter Sims.
Crazy Pete: [nods in agreement, turns to face the headstones] They were my family...
Samantha: It was a terrible thing that happened to them...I'm sorry.
Crazy Pete: For the longest time I thought I could've stopped it...I would've been home…instead of down at that bar...
Samantha: But you were there for me...
Crazy Pete: I've wasted a lot of years. Afraid to face people, but mostly afraid to face myself.
Samantha: [takes Pete's hand] I'm scared too...
Crazy Pete: [smiles] What's your name?
Samantha: Samantha.
Crazy Pete: Well Samantha…things will happen in your life that you can't stop...but that's no reason to shut out the world...There's a purpose for the good and for the bad...
Samantha: [adult Samantha's voice narrating] He gave me the only gift he could. The lesson that had taken him a lifetime to learn. And although I understood the importance of his words. It's only now looking back that I understand their meaning.

Chrissy: I say we make a pact. Here and now. We're here for each other, always, no matter what happens in life. If Teeny goes off to Hollywood or I marry a rich doctor, we remember this day and this pact. Whenever we need a friend, we're here for each other. We can count on it. Always. No matter what.
Samantha: It's a pact.
Chrissy: All for one...
Chrissy, Teeny, Roberta, Samantha: And one for all.

Roberta: ...Perky breasts!
Chrissy: Roberta, you know I don't like it when you swear.
Roberta: Chrissy, breast is not a dirty word.
Chrissy: I can't hear you.
Roberta: Breast.
Chrissy: Can't hear you.
Roberta: Breast.
Chrissy: Can't hear you.
Roberta: BREAST!


  • It's normal for things to be shitty.

Adult Samantha

  • We all used to try so hard to fit in. We wanted to look exactly alike, do all the same things, practically be the same person, but when we weren't looking that all changed. The treehouse was supposed to bring us more independence, but what the summer actually brought was independence from each other.
  • Teeny's parents were country-clubbers that were never around - typical upbringing for actors and pathological liars.


A summer when four friends made a promise to return anytime they needed each other.
Twenty years later that time has come.


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