Moonstruck (1987)


Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Moonstruck

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (15)

Here, at last, is the kind of warm adult comedy that often eludes Hollywood an offbeat exploration of family, fidelity and the foibles of the human heart.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a movie that makes you want to sing "Boheme" and walk in the moonlight and move to Brooklyn.

Dec 15, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

You will not easily forget this incredibly robust family.

Feb 7, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

An American movie with foreign-film sensibilities, Moonstruck's depths come from their perfect balance of writing and direction.

Feb 7, 2014 | Full Review…

It isn't great art -- it`s too closely concentrated on immediate emotional effect for that -- but it is highly sophisticated craftsmanship.

Feb 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's an old-fashioned romanticism about the picture, a sweet, gentle approach to love and family life. But this is kept from seeming sappy by the picture's tough-minded, almost abrasive sense of humor.

Feb 7, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moonstruck

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Good movie about a realistic family, although I'm surprised that both Cher and Olympia Dukakis won Academy awards.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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Rose: Do you love him, Loretta? Loretta Castorini: Aw, ma, I love him awful. Rose: Oh, God, that's too bad.

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

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nice romantic comedy

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