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"Now and Then": Children Yearn for Something to Believe

Now and Then, with Melanie Griffith and Demi Moore, is a coming-of-age movie of four girlfriends who reunite as adults and reminisce about an eventful summer in their lives 20 years ago when they were all about 12. For part of their summer, they became curious about the tombstone of a murdered 12-year-old boy and conducted séances in the cemetery to try to communicate with the boy. The scene begins with the four friends gathered in the cemetery on that long-ago summer night.

A loud noise interrupts their séance. The girls shriek as a bright light comes toward them. Suddenly a man emerges out of the dazzling illumination. He is a cemetery worker, and the noise and light come from the tractor behind him. He tells them in a scolding tone, "Hey. This isn't a playground. It's a cemetery. And you kids should have a little respect for the dead."

The girls are visibly relieved. "We have a lot of respect for the dead," says one.

"Yeah," another of the friends replies. "That's why we're here. We resurrected dear Johnny from the grave."

"Oh, really?"

"Well, how do you think his tombstone got cracked down the middle?"

"I knocked it over with my tractor. It's not easy moving around all these headstones."

The girl's expressions go from being dumbfounded to looks of total dismay and embarrassment. The worker chuckles and walks back to his tractor. The girls are disillusioned.

"I'm not doing any more of these dumb séances. They're a waste of time."

"I just can't believe we thought we did it."

"What about the tarot cards, then?"

"Get over it."

One of the girls bends down to blow out three candles and puts them and other assorted objects in a bag. As she does this, an adult voice (Demi Moore's) narrates: "I knew at that moment our days of playing make-believe were over. As we grew older, it became difficult to just believe. It's not that we don't want to but too much has happened, and we can't."

The girl stands up and walks toward her waiting friends. She pauses for a moment, then throws her bag of occult objects into a garbage can. She joins her friends who are waiting on their bikes.

Content: Rated PG-13 for adolescent discussions of sex

Time: from the studio logo 01:22:14 to 01:24:13.

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