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Racing With the Moon (1984)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Sean Penn graduated to full stardom with the 1984 drama Racing with the Moon, even though the film itself hardly set new box office records. Set in the early years of World War II, the film stars Penn as a small-town teen-aged hotshot, six weeks away from being shipped out to fight overseas. In the meantime, Penn begins to date Elizabeth McGovern, whom he assumes is from a wealthy family. Penn's pal Nicolas Cage, who's gotten his girlfriend Suzanne Adkinson pregnant, imposes upon Penn to hit up

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Steve Kloves

Nov 30, 2004

Paramount Home Video

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Very little seems to happen in this social vacuum, and none of it is memorable.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's easy to end a movie with 'I love you,' but it's hard to get there honestly.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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An exceptionally appealing movie about subjects you may think you've already had enough of -- growing up, first love and the shouldering of arms and other responsibilities.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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I don't care for Benjamin's way of using death to validate his sentimental themes, but at this point any American movie that can get past the 'I love you's without audience snickers has to be counted a success.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Everyone tries hard, but the movie is essentially superficial and has difficulty sustaining audience interest.

September 16, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A sentimental view of small-town life in WWII, in which the railroads and train station are just as important as the human characters.

October 31, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A small movie about first love with abundant emotional riches.

July 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It lacks [My Favourite Year's] winning charm.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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I need to watch this movie again, I barely remember it.
January 16, 2011
ajv2688

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A personal favorite. Now, this is a movie I don't mind seeing every now and then.
January 1, 2008
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