The Man in the Moon (1991)

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Critic Consensus: It's sentimental, and some viewers may feel manipulated by the melodramatic final act, but The Man in the Moon offers a finely drawn coming-of-age story with an excellent cast -- including Reese Witherspoon in her film debut.

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Based on a true story, two sisters compete for the romantic attentions of the same man.
Rating:
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Drama , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
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On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
MGM

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Cast

Reese Witherspoon
as Dani Trant
Tess Harper
as Abigail
Sam Waterston
as Matthew
Jason London
as Court Foster
Anna Chappell
as Mrs. Taylor
Dennis Letts
as Doc White
Emily Warfield
as Maureen
Derek Ball
as Foster Twin
Earleen Bergeron
as Mrs. Sanders
Brandi Smith
as Missy Trant
Spencer Ball
as Foster Twin
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the Moon

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Newcomer Witherspoon manages to strike exactly the right note as the tomboy on the verge of womanhood while Waterston works on several levels at once.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

The heart-warming tone steadily becomes overheated.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Gets an outstandingly natural performance out of Miss Witherspoon, who has no trouble carrying a lot of the film single-handedly. It falls to her to remind the audience that this story is at heart about a family, and she does.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

"The Man in the Moon" is a wonderful movie, but it is more than that, it is a victory of tone and mood. It is like a poem.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

"The Man in the Moon" is an intimate, sentimental coming-of-age drama, a sweet little puppy love movie crushed by the enormity of its tragic twists.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Mulligan uses a delicate touch in revealing the confusion in growing up and the loss in discovering that the world isn't as simple or perfect as children believe it to be.

Full Review… | March 31, 2005
TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)

Audience Reviews for The Man in the Moon

½

Great story of first love and loss set in 1957. It is fun watching Reese Witherspoon acting at the age 14.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

½

Wonderful, heartwarming movie...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

For a kid's movie, a surprisingly non-cheesy but still warming story with wonderful pastoral images. Grass and Elvis makes me melt. Reese emerged as an actress well-aware of the nuances and intonations necessary to shoot this role to the next level. It sucks that this preteen role is more edgy than any Four Christmases crap she's relegated to now. PS. I'm glad Jason London at least got to have sex before the accident.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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