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Though the story feels rather contrived, Moonlight Mile is redeemed by the good performances of its cast. Read critic reviews

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When Joe Nast's (Jake Gyllenhaal) plans for marriage change due to an unexpected loss, he wants to be the man he believes everyone wants him to be - dutifully bereaved husband-to-be, and perfect would-be son-in-law to Ben (Dustin Hoffman) and JoJo (Susan Sarandon). But when another woman unexpectedly enters his life, he's quickly torn between fulfilling his new role and following his heart.

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Holly Hunter
Asst. D.A. Mona Camp
Ellen Pompeo
Bertie Knox
Allan Corduner
Stan Michaels
Dabney Coleman
Mike Mulcahey
Mark Johnson
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Patricia Whitcher
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Ashok Amritraj
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David Hoberman
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Susan Sarandon
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Phedon Papamichael
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Missy Stewart
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Critic Reviews for Moonlight Mile

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  • Its original look at loyalty and loss subsides into a forgettable love story, leading it out of the darkness and straight into schmaltzville.

    December 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • With a relentless playlist of rock stand-bys, the film careers between jaunty and maudlin.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Moonlight Mile might be the single most honest film ever made on the subject of grief. Not about death or dying, loss or regret, but about the grieving process itself: the highs, lows, in-betweens and the way all of them wrap, loop and intertwine.

    June 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Donnie Brighto is what they should have called this feeble, sucrose emotional drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

    March 25, 2003 | Full Review…
  • In addition to the strong performances, the script is teeming with lovely, knowing moments, and the camera moves artfully.

    March 10, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An honestly intimate and genuinely funny account of bereavement.

    February 18, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moonlight Mile

  • Apr 07, 2011
    In "Moonlight Mile" a middle aged couple (Dustin Hoffman as Ben and Susan Sarandon as Jo Jo), along with their prospective son-in-law Joe (Jake Gyllenhaal) attempt to come to terms with the sudden, senseless murder of their daughter Diane who was killed in a domestic dispute between two other people just three days before her wedding. Unbeknownst to Ben and Jo Jo, Joe and Diana had broken up, but Ben is so determined to keep him a part of the family that Joe feels compelled to stay. He decides to remain in town living with her parents to help them deal with their shock and grief. They also have to deal with the murder trial of the gunman, whose wife and his intended target awakens from her coma just as the trial is about to start. Joe struggles to move beyond the emotional and material expectations which his broken engagement has left him to fulfill, trying not to disappoint his would-be in-laws while at the same time wanting to embark on a new life and a new relationship with a woman he has recently met. Ellen Pompeo is also wonderful as Bertie, the mail clerk and part-time waitress who is no stranger to tragedy losing her own boyfriend as well. Her uncertainty about her future provides Joe some insight into his own psyche. Holly Hunter's plays the tough, single-minded prosecutor prosecuting the man who is responsible for Diane's death who needs Joe's help to bring Diane's murderer to justice.
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  • Sep 14, 2010
    Really a great movie in every respect. A very distinct visual style, unique story and an a perfect cast. The 70s atmosphere somehow fits perfectly into the plot, maybe because Jake Gyllenhaal's character emulates the generation almost exactly. The sense of loss is done well, it's not like every other movie where someone dies. This shows the true awkwardness that comes along with a funeral service, false attachment and mixed emotions. Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon play pretty different characters than they're used to, there's a very weak and childish way in how they act. This is a movie that is very particular in its message and it succeeds completely. It becomes such a powerful experience by the end.
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  • Jun 04, 2010
    <i>"In life and love, expect the unexpected."</i> As he copes with the death of his fiancee along with her parents, a young man must figure out what he wants out of life. <center><font size=+2 face="Century Schoolbook"><b><u>REVIEW</u></b></font></center> Strong acted and character driven drama about the aftermath of a family's sudden and violent loss of their beloved adult daughter and the bonding between them and her fiancé (Gyllenhaal effectively conveying awkward grievance) in a small New England hamlet circa 1973. Before starring in a hit drama medical show, Ellen Pompeo gives a nicely nuanced performance as a potential love interest/soul mate-in-waiting he meets. Hoffman and Sarandon are especially effective in their muted emotions that frequently spring freely into painful turmoil. Written and directed by Brad Silberling loosely based on his own true-life account in the tragic murder of his fiancée actress Rebecca Schaeffer.
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  • Sep 20, 2009
    <a href="http://tinypic.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i30.tinypic.com/hs3ss6.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon were perfect in this movie, but even so they could not save this movie.This was an unrealistic drama romance with scenes that were so cliche. This movie was a waste of time. The court scenes were very unsatisfactory. I waited for an explanation for this eye contacts but there was nothing Jake Gyllenhaal performance was bad and he could not make his role believable. Some scenes were okay but most of them were very empty. I was disappointed.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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