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Led by energetic performances from Nicolas Cage and Cher, Moonstruck is an exuberantly funny tribute to love and one of the decade's most appealing comedies.



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When there's a full moon over Brooklyn, anything can happen, and everything happens in the neighborhood where widowed bookkeeper Loretta Castorini (Cher) lives. First, Loretta agrees to marry a man she does not love, Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello), simply because he knows how to propose properly. Before the wedding can take place, Cammareri must visit his dying mother in Sicily. In his absence, Loretta is supposed to try to patch up the differences between Johnny and his brother, bakery operator Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage). Having never forgiven Johnny for indirectly causing the accident that crippled him, Ronny flies into a rage whenever his brother's name is mentioned. He does, however, fall for Loretta like a ton of bricks. After a torrid affair, Loretta tries to avoid Ronny out of respect to Johnny, but he's just too fascinating to resist. Meanwhile, Loretta's father (Vincent Gardenia) is fooling around with his mistress Mona (Anita Gillette), while Loretta's mother (Olympia Dukakis) is wooed by a college professor (John Mahoney). These brief flings are forgiven and forgotten, but there's still the delicate situation of Loretta being in love with her future brother-in-law. A now-classic romantic comedy, Moonstruck won Oscars for Cher, Olympia Dukakis, and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley.

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Audience Reviews for Moonstruck

  • May 01, 2017
    Nicholas Cage is completely miscast as Ronny and his chemistry with Cher is nonexistent, while the movie's script doesn't have that much substance to match its charm and generally effective sense of humor; even so, this romantic comedy makes for an amusing pastime.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2016
    You could be fooled to think this would be a simplistic romantic comedy but it is so much more. Cher should have stuck to acting as she shines in the lead role, one that might have fallen flat with any other actress. Nicolas Cage is in highly intense form and has a lot of fun with the love interest role, you forget he has maintained the same over the top acting from the beginning. The film won't play for everyone, my partner could not get invested with this and left early one. When you grow up with Woody Allen you can't help but enjoy a film like this. This is a film that has a funny script and a filmmaker with great depth at the helm. Jewison is one of the great dramatic filmmakers and you can see he was merely letting the script unfold, the end kitchen scene is something straight from a play. One of the great comedies that struck gold at the awards, and deservedly so. 09/11/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2015
    Good movie about a realistic family, although I'm surprised that both Cher and Olympia Dukakis won Academy awards.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2014
    Although not a big fan of Cher on the big screen, Jewison makes the most of her and chronic overactor Nicolas Cage to make nice little romance movie. It has the perfect blend of comedy and mayhem without descending into a sitcom like effort.
    John B Super Reviewer

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