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Under the Cherry Moon (1986)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Diminutive pop star Prince plays another variation on the suave gigolo in this vanity piece. Set on the French Riviera, the story follows Christopher Tracy as he plays piano in a bistro and woos rich Continental ladies for dollars. Tracy and his accomplice Tricky (Jerome Benton of The Time), compete for the attention of a fabulously rich heiress (Kristen Scott Thomas), much to the dismay of her stodgy father (Steven Berkoff). The rest of the screen time is padded with songs and musical montages.

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts

Becky Johnston

Aug 24, 2004

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (18) | DVD (9)

[An] absurdly bad movie.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Ss flat and uninteresting as a newsreel from the 1930s about vacationing in the south of France.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Shot in black-and-white in an attempt to evoke the sophisticated burr of '40s films, its intent is hamstrung by over-familiar gags, though the script comes more to life when Prince and Benton lapse into black street talk.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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For all those out there who can't get enough of Prince, Under the Cherry Moon may be just the antidote.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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Prince wants to ride atop the float, receiving the crowd's adulation, but he's also larking about down in the street, happy to be one of the clowns.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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At least Prince's narcissism is easier to take than Stallone's or Rob Lowe's: he doesn't regard the rest of the world as an insult to his estimable self.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The whole film plays exactly for what it is, one long essay in ego massaging.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Makes you forget how good "Purple Rain" is.

December 18, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Just buy the soundtrack. The movie's an embarrasment.

November 11, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

a colossal bore

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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For a preposterous vanity project and notorious cinematic turkey, Under The Cherry Moon is actually rather charming, rakish and amusing.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Strictly for Prince fans, but then again I am one.

December 30, 2002
New Times

All these years later I'm still kinda stunned that someone let PRINCE direct his own movie.

November 22, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Prince should stick to what he calls singing, because he can't act.

August 22, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

a few good tunes, but how self-adoring can a star be?

August 4, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Great looking, strange, not very effective, but an interesting effort

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Under the Cherry Moon

This movie was very funny, I would have rated it lower if it didn't keep making me laugh. Prince normally seems to have a very serious personality with his music, so it's refreshing, surprising and funny to see him joking around. This was also a good movie considering that he directed it too, it's not easy to do both, especially when you're not actually a professional film director. The sets and cinematography are beautiful too, they're in tune with his music. The one thing I would like to say I didn't expect, was the ending. I wasn't sure whether it was the right kind of ending or not. On one hand it was realistic, but on the other hand, it feels like a let down. But overall I liked it.
December 6, 2012
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Reminds me of the time I poured chocolate all over Sheena E., or was that Morris? Eeeh-hee!
August 12, 2009
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    1. Christopher Tracy: Cabbage head!
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