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A 1995 film about four girls growing up in Shelby, Indiana. The bulk of the story takes place in a flashback to when the girls were 12 and is told from a single point of view.Essentially a Gender-flipped version of the 1986 classic Stand by Me.Definitelynot to be confused with the anime Now and Then, Here and There.The film includes the main characters both as 12-year-olds and as adults. Casting different actors.
Samantha Albertson. In youth played by Gaby Hoffmann, in adulthood by Demi Moore.
Chrissy De Witt. In youth played by Ashleigh Aston Moore, in adulthood by Rita Wilson.
Roberta Martin. In youth played by Christina Ricci, in adulthood by Rosie ODonnell
Tina "Teeny" Tercell. In youth played by Thora Birch, in adulthood by Melanie Griffith.
Adults Are Useless: Played with; the girls' parents aren't monsters, but they're not exactly model parents. (Although it can be argued that, at the very least, Chrissy's mom's prudery is justified by the generation she grew up in (most likely the late 1940s/early '50s).
Disappeared Dad: Samantha's father walks out on the family. This is especially significant because of the time period ("At the time, no one had ever gotten a divorce, and the last thing I wanted was to be different.")
Hypocritical Humor: In the adult scenes, Chrissy repeatedly orders her friends not to swear around her unborn baby (she even thinks "breast" is a dirty word). Towards the end of the movie, she again tells Sam not to do this. The scene cuts to Chrissy in the delivery room, having a very painful contraction, and screaming, "SHIT!" at the top of her lungs.