Under the Same Moon (2008)



Critic Consensus: If Under the Same Moon is often manipulative, it is also heartfelt, and features strong performances from its leads.

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The debut feature from director Patricia Riggen, this drama centers on a young boy's journey across the U.S./Mexico border to be reunited with his mother. Adrian Alonso stars as Carlitos, a Mexican adolescent living with his grandmother while his mother works as a maid in the U.S., hoping someday to send for her child. But when the grandmother dies unexpectedly, Carlitos must sneak across the border and seek out his mother. Featuring a supporting performance by America Ferrera of ABC's Ugly … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some mature thematic elements)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ligiah Villalobos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 17, 2008
Box Office: $12.5M
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Critic Reviews for Under the Same Moon

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (33)

It's a bit of a guilty pleasure, with its formulas and its sap, but if it can get Lou Dobbs reaching for that Kleenex, it will have done its job.

Full Review… | April 13, 2008
Top Critic

It's a warm drama that humanizes Americas current illegal immigration debate even as it sentimentally stacks the deck in favor of the undocumented.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Tiptoes the line between tragedy and hope and never loses its balance in its account of life and luck in the US-Mexican borderlands.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

Story of seperated mother and child doesn't carry much emotional impact. Makes you wonder how much mi madre really cares. Turns into a road drama with the kid headed to Los Angeles. Just couldn't care for the characters. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review… | December 30, 2009

Under the Same Moon puts a human face on illegal immigration. More than that, it gives it a human heart.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Some plot twists and encounters go beyond broad brushstrokes for complex characterizations to make corny seem meaningful. Cast and music add richness beyond the predictable.

Full Review… | December 14, 2008

Audience Reviews for Under the Same Moon

The Love Between a Mother and Son Knows No Boundaries

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Heartfelt, well acted drama. Adrian Alonso is a gifted young actor.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

A surprise (for me anyway) cause i thought this would be total garbage (which it isn't) and I regret my initial comments about this film. The film could use some better writing and directing, and it's filled with clichés. Also, it depicts some aspects of Mexican culture in a wrong way (WTF with the pop-tart and jalapeños??!!) and the soundtrack is terrible. But, the performances totally save the film: Adrian Alonso and Kate del Castillo are REALLY good, and Ernesto D'Alessio did a nice job. Eugenio Derbez and Carmen Salinas were their usual selves (not a good thing) and America Ferrera's appearance was good, but definitely unnecessary. The ending is perfect and it (ALMOST) made me cry...

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