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Serious Moonlight (2009)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 26

Serious Moonlight jumbles a comic tone with tragic circumstances and the result is confused performances from its stars.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 12

Serious Moonlight jumbles a comic tone with tragic circumstances and the result is confused performances from its stars.



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When high-powered attorney Louise (Meg Ryan) learns that her husband, Ian (Timothy Hutton), plans to leave her after 13 years of marriage to run off with his twentysomething girlfriend, Sara (Kristen Bell), she impulsively decides to take drastic action. She ties up Ian in their country house, and refuses to let him go until they talk things through. Naturally, he resists, and things take an even worse turn for the couple when a young hooligan (Justin Long) hears Ian's cries for help, and



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Feb 9, 2010

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (26) | DVD (2)

Adrienne Shelly deserves better.

December 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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More strident than funny, the film illustrates that old French proverb, "Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out."

December 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Serious Moonlight has its flaws, but then what marriage doesn't?

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comment (1)
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Meg Ryan really needs to steer clear of embarrassments like this.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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It's a tribute to writer Adrienne Shelley and first-time director Cheryl Hines that, despite the film's flaws, it ultimately pulls off its unlikely tone.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Serious Moonlight suggests an unholy, watered-down hybrid of The Ref and Funny Games, played as a chirpy screwball comedy.

December 4, 2009
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Ryan tries too hard to reestablish her professional reputation and turns it into a meaningless, annoying film destined for oblivion, right alongside her other recent efforts.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source:

...tart, frequently goofy...

December 15, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Sadly, something seems to have gotten lost in translation.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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I appreciate that talented people wanted to honor Shelly by making this film. They likely would have better honored her by mounting her script as a play.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Meg Ryan's Louise is problematic. It's not so much that she chooses to hold on to her man, as it is the man who she chooses to hold on to.

December 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online
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Small indie that has all the ingredients of a typical Hollywood Meg Ryan romantic comedy from the 1990s, including Meg Ryan, but lacks the spark of the best of her genre.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source:

A dreadful and unappealing comedy about a couple whose marriage is in jeopardy.

December 5, 2009 Full Review | Comment (1)
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it is nice to see a film made for adults, with fine acting and the amusing last-minute twist that pulls the film together.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source:

The movie conversely feels disengaged and misdirected, a forgettable reminder that every clever idea does not a good movie make.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Plays out like a sitcom version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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December 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

Hines can't twist the story into a sympathetic whole, leaving the film a mess of tartness and insensitivity that's difficult to endure. Adrienne Shelly deserved a friendlier farewell than this crummy picture.

December 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Serious Moonlight

Meg Ryan gets together with her French Kiss boyfriend, Timothy Hutton. She tapes him to a toilet this time, instead of letting him go to Paris. I loved this movie, not as much as French Kiss, but it's funny, sad, clever and an honest look at marriage.
December 6, 2010

Super Reviewer

Disappointing. At least an hour of this, (and it only runs for just over 80 minutes), is just Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton in a room. She has found out that he is about to leave her for his much younger mistress, played by Kristen Bell, and is not happy about it.
As is usual with Meg Ryan these days, her acting fails as it is impossible to stop looking at her plastic face in horror. She has no expressions anymore, so it is hard to empathise or feel moved by anything she says or does. I found myself getting quite bored with this extended scene with the two of them and even reading the paper at one point.
Kristin Bell's reappearance, (she appears briefly in the beginning of the movie), towards the end livens things back up again, and the small twist at the end almost made the whole film worth watching. Almost. It's just a pity it is so dull getting there.
November 6, 2010

Super Reviewer

Ok. Well, this isn't one of those big budget blockbuster romantic comedy films that most people expect from these two actors. It is a more subtle black comedy of sorts. Someone mentioned that it seemed more like a three act play, and it did. It was well done, and quite unusual in a way. BUT, if you watch it knowing full well that is supposed to be quirky, and unusual, you will enjoy it more. I did find it a little predictable, but that's ok. I enjoyed it anyway. It's definitely worth seeing,
October 14, 2010

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"A relationship ending is like a death just two people know about. A whole life gets lost, everything we did together. All the places we traveled, the fights, the small moments of tenderness."

A high-powered attorney duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before their home is invaded by burglars.

This film is about a woman coming back home to find her husband writing a note asking for divorce. She holds her husband captive to try to win him back. "Serious Moonlight" has only two actors most of the time, and the whole film is set in a house. Yet, it manages to maintain viewers' attention by the spectrum of emotions the two go through as the day progresses. The plot is engaging, but I find the husband's change of heart a little too abrupt. The final few seconds of the film is simple and yet effectively suggests something sinister has happened, thereby opening up viewers' imagination as to why things happened this way. "Serious Moonlight" is an interesting portrayal of a troubled couple who searches their soul for answers.
September 8, 2010
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