How can you tell when a movie is truly great? Likely when the actors finish the film, and you just want to see them back together as if they were a real family or really close friends. You want to check in with them over the years to see if the celebs are still hanging out, keeping their signature looks, and saying the same catchphrases. ("Inconceivable!")
Well, thank goodness for three things: Entertainment Weekly, Good Morning America, and social media. Because without them, we may never see these film cast reunions. Each year, Entertainment Weekly puts together a reunion issue, which Good Morning America usually covers on air. And for the ones that slip through the cracks - sometimes they just get together, hang out, and post their reunions themselves on Instagram and Twitter.
This list has some of your favorite classics, from The Goonies and The Way We Were to Forrest Gump and Clueless. Granted, there's usually at least one person who opts out of the reunion photo op, but who needs Joe Pesci when you've got Goodfellas like Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro, and Lorraine Bracco. Check out this list of movie cast reunions to see pictures of some of your favorite movie casts back together again years later. Reunited and it feels so good.
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In 2012, the fictional a cappella college women's singing group The Barden Bellas of Barden University became a hit with moviegoers in Pitch Perfect. First-year student and aspiring music producer Beca (Anna Kendrick) lends a new dynamic to the group, co-led by Aubrey (Anna Camp) and Chloe (Brittany Snow).
The Bellas joined voices again for two sequels to the musical comedy.
- Actors: Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp
- Released: 2012
- Directed by: Jason Moore
Pitch Perfect - 2020Video: YouTube
The Barden Bellas - including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, and Brittany Snow - reunited virtually in August 2020 to perform an a cappella, socially distanced version of Beyonce's song "Love on Top" as a fundraiser. Proceeds from downloads and streams of their version of the tune will go to UNICEF to benefit children in Lebanon and around the world.
The video opens with Pitch Perfect commentator John Smith (John Michael Higgins) saying, "I'm afraid I have some bad news. The Barden Bellas have gotten back together again. It seems that not even a quarantine can prevent them from harassing us with another musical performance."
In the 1998 Walt Disney film The Parent Trap, a remake of the 1961 version starring Hayley Mills, Lindsey Lohan made her big-screen debut as separated-from-birth twins Hallie Parker and Annie James.
The identical tweens meet for the first time at camp and decide to switch places when they go back home to get their divorced mom and dad (played by Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson) back together.
The film was part of Lohan's three-film contract with Disney.
- Actors: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham, Dina Lohan, Natasha Richardson
- Released: 1998
- Directed by: Nancy Meyers
The Parent Trap - 2020
In July 2020, Katie Couric brought together members of The Parent Trap cast along with director-writer Nancy Meyers and producer-writer Charles Shyer for a virtual reunion via Instagram. Cast participants were Lindsay Lohan (Hallie Parker/Annie James), Dennis Quaid (the girls' dad, Nick Parker), Elaine Hendrix (Nick's fiancee, Meredith Blake), Lisa Ann Walter (Hallie's nanny, Chessy), and Simon Kunz (Annie's butler, Martin).
Shyer said he and Myers knew "within two or three minutes" Lohan was the right actress for the film when she auditioned. 'She had that quality that just sort of leapt up to you and pulled you in," Meyers said.
Hendrix talked about the online "#JusticeForMeredithBlake" campaign for her much-maligned character.
Natasha Richardson, who played Hallie and Annie's mom Elizabeth James, perished in 2009 after a ski incident, and several of the participants recalled her fondly. "Natasha had such an elegance and grace, and she was so maternal to me," Lohan said.
The reunion served as a fundraiser for World Central Kitchen.