Moonlight and Valentino (1995)
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as Rebecca Lott
as Sylvie Morrow
as Lucy Trager
as Alberta Russell
as The Painter
as Thomas Trager
as Jenny Morrow
as Drew Morrow
as Alex Morrow
as Paul (uncredited)
as Mr. Wong
as Mr. Wong's Son
as Mr. Wong's Father
as Street Vendor
Critic Reviews for Moonlight and Valentino
Moonlight and Valentino is a Hallmark sympathy card of a film, pretty to look at with a message that's sincere. Yet it's hard to take its pretentious platitudes of grief and recovery too personally.
A terrific cast, headed by Elizabeth Perkins and Whoopi Goldberg, elevates this earnest melodrama up to a point, but director Anspaugh can't find the center of a drama whose issue is rather timely: coming to terms with loss.
A not-bad chick flick with a striking performance by Gwyneth Paltrow.
Audience Reviews for Moonlight and Valentino
The film handles a tough subject matter pretty well. Elizabeth Perkins stands out in the good cast. It's a little too talky for my taste and it tends to be a bit too pretentious as well.
(from The Watermark 10/13/95) MOONLIGHT & VALENTINO (Elizabeth Perkins, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Turner, Gwyneth Paltrow): An uneven story about a woman (Perkins) whose husband dies unexpectedly, and is helped through the mourning process by her sister (Paltrow) and her friends (Goldberg and Turner). Also assisting is a pretty-boy painter (Jon Bon Jovi) who catches Perkins’ eye. Perkins’ performance is Oscar-worthy, even if the film itself isn’t. Queer Quotient: Any film that exploits men as mere sex objects is OK in my book. Is it me, or is Bon Jovi's hair more touched up than the women's? And why are his eyebrows drag-queen thin? As if they had to work to make him the prettiest one in the movie.
Oh god oh god I hated this film. I know for some it is a sweet chick flick but it just seemed incredibly contrived to me. No sense of plot whatsoever. Just throw characters and situations onto the stage and expect the audience to cheer... Somehow it made the theme of women going through difficulty and relying on friends for support seem trite and pukeworthy. And that is a real disservice. Boys on the Side recycled most of this film into something better. But Moonlight and Valentino is just garbage. I can't say it strongly enough: this may be the worst movie I've ever seen.
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