Netflix has just announced that the movie Now and Then will finally be available on the platform on August 1.
A tweet posted on Tuesday read that we should grab our bikes and find out best friends because “Now and Then” will be available to stream on Netflix US starting August 1.
This iconic movie was a seminal work in the lives of man young women that lived in the early to mid-’90s, and now a new generation will most likely discover its delights.
The movie stars Gaby Hoffmann, Thora Birch, Ashleigh Aston Moore, and Christina Ricci, and their grown-up counterparts Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, Rita Wilson, and Rosie O’Donnel, and what’s shocking is that the movie isn’t available to stream ANYWHERE. It’s also not available on Blu-ray, because apparently it wasn’t worthy of a digital upgrade, and even director Lesli Linka Glatter and I. Marlene King, Pretty Little Liars creator who wrote the screenplay, were shocked.
Glatter was disappointed that the movie wasn’t out there in the world, and that people in management don’t realize what a cultural phenomenon that movie was and what an impact it has made on young women.
A representative for Warner Bros has confirmed that Now and Then has not been cleared for digital distribution, and confirmed that the movie is only available for sale on DVD.
King fondly refers to the hugely popular show Pretty Little Liars as a “grown-up” Now and Then. She said that when she first met the actresses who played in Pretty Little Liars, and when they found that she wrote Now and Then, they were all quoting the movie to her.
Now and Then was truly an essential part of every sleepover party, and every girl in every group of girlfriends had a character they associated with.
The story focuses on a group of four friends who have vowed to always be there for each other, and, as the title indicates, the movie takes place in two timelines: now, when the four women are fully grown and they are reunited for the birth of Chrissy’s child, and the summer of 1971, the year when they bought a treehouse and started exploring their own passions and interests.
The movie stands out because it was written, produced, and directed by women in the mid-90s, a time when Hollywood was run entirely by powerful men like Harvey Weinstein.
Now and Then addressed some of the difficult aspects of girlhood in a way only a few movies had, and we are very glad the movie will have a series of screenings held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary in LA and at Cinespia.