Moonlight Mile (2002)

Moonlight Mile (2002)

Moonlight Mile



Critic Consensus: Though the story feels rather contrived, Moonlight Mile is redeemed by the good performances of its cast.

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Frequent television director Brad Silberling directs the romantic drama Moonlight Mile. Set in a Massachusetts town in the early '70s, Joe Nast (Jake Gyllenhaal) is distraught after the death of his fiancée. He moves in with her parents, Ben (Dustin Hoffman) and JoJo (Susan Sarandon), while trying to sort out all of the legal troubles and painful details of the wedding cancellations. While trying to locate the wedding invitations in the mail, Joe meets Bertie (Ellen Pompeo), whose boyfriend has … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sensuality and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Brad Silberling
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 11, 2003
Box Office: $6.7M
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site


as Ben Floss

as JoJo Floss

as Bertie Knox

as Mona Camp

as Mike Mulcahey

as Stan Michaels

as Stan Michaels

as Diana Floss

as Mrs. Meyerson

as Mr. Meyerson

as Nixon, the Dog

as Audrey Anders

as Mrs. Tippet

as Mr. Don Tippet

as June Mulcahey

as Jillian Mulcahey

as Rhonda Ketch

as Walter Ketch

as Server No. 1

as Server No. 2

as Nixon, the Dog

as Fashion Plate

as Speedwalker

as Photographer

as Cheryl's Friend No. ...

as Fay Ray, the Cat

as Cheryl's Friend No. ...

as Waitress

as Public Defender

as Diner Manager

as Fay Ray, the Cat

as Diner Grandfather

as Diner Granddaughter

as Fay Ray, the Cat

as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Moonlight Mile

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (38)

With a relentless playlist of rock stand-bys, the film careers between jaunty and maudlin.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

"Moonlight Mile" is about livable compromises and the doubt and panic that linger once life's plans scatter and persist even as they settle again. Moreover, it's about the hardship of survivors honoring someone from whom they're best off moving on.

Full Review… | September 19, 2010

Probably one of the most realistic, poignant, and intimate portraits into the lives of characters in mourning.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

At the very least an emotionally honest film, but it would have been far more affecting if it felt more true to life.

Full Review… | December 28, 2008

Starring the likes of Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman, filmmaker Brad Silberling delivers a personal movie that reassures us that that we will one day understand those terrible things that happen to us.

Full Review… | July 2, 2008
IGN Movies

Its original look at loyalty and loss subsides into a forgettable love story, leading it out of the darkness and straight into schmaltzville.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Moonlight Mile

Really a great movie in every respect. A very distinct visual style, unique story and an a perfect cast. The 70s atmosphere somehow fits perfectly into the plot, maybe because Jake Gyllenhaal's character emulates the generation almost exactly. The sense of loss is done well, it's not like every other movie where someone dies. This shows the true awkwardness that comes along with a funeral service, false attachment and mixed emotions. Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon play pretty different characters than they're used to, there's a very weak and childish way in how they act. This is a movie that is very particular in its message and it succeeds completely. It becomes such a powerful experience by the end.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Heartbreaking, but beautiful. The film was honest and real and really pulls you in at the heartstrings. I liked it... Great cast, great music, and great story.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Ellen Pompeo, Holly Hunter, Dabney Coleman, Aleksia Landeau, Careena Melia, Mary Ellen Trainor, Lev Friedman, Bob Clendenin, Jim Fyfe, Richard Fancy, Marcia Mitzman Gaven, Allan Corduner

Directed by: Brad Silberling

Summary: Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman co-star as the grieving mother and father of a recently deceased girl who take in their daughter's fiancé (Jake Gyllenhaal) because he's the only living connection they have to their only child. Problems arise when the young man falls in love with a woman (Ellen Pompeo) whose boyfriend has gone missing, prompting his former in-laws-to-be to come to grips with the new relationship.

My Thoughts: "The story pulled me in almost instantly. Great job by Gyllenhaal. His court room scene was very emotional. Sarandon and Hoffman both have their tear-jerker moments as well. Sarandon has this scene where she's sitting on her daughter's bed drinking as Gyllenhaal is climbing through the window, and she just breaks down and its just really sad. She's such an amazing actress. She always makes her characters feel real. Never seen Ellen Pompeo play such a big part in a film. I thought she was great in this. Just really good acting in this film. Although this is an emotional film, there is also quite of bit of humor throughout the film. The relationships between the three leads are honest, and realistic. This film has a great script with a great cast. Also the music in the movie is pretty great as well. Just a sad, honest, real, emotional, and funny film."


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