Under the Same Moon (2008)



Critic Consensus: If Under the Same Moon is often manipulative, it is also heartfelt, and features strong performances from its leads.

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The debut feature from director Patricia Riggen, this drama centers on a young boy's journey across the U.S./Mexico border to be reunited with his mother. Adrian Alonso stars as Carlitos, a Mexican adolescent living with his grandmother while his mother works as a maid in the U.S., hoping someday to send for her child. But when the grandmother dies unexpectedly, Carlitos must sneak across the border and seek out his mother. Featuring a supporting performance by America Ferrera of ABC's Ugly Betty, Under the Same Moon premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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Adrian Alonso
as Carlos Reyes
Eugenio Derbez
as Enrique
Maya Zapata
as Alicia
Carmen Salinas
as Doña Carmen
Angelina Peláez
as Benita Reyes
Maria Rojo
as Reyna
Ignacio Guadalupe
as Leonardo Sánchez Nava
Mário Almada
as Godfather
Pailo Heitz
as Billy
Isaac Bravo
as Chito
Yvette Mercedes
as Border Patrol Agent
Catalina López
as Josefina
Jacqueline Voltaire
as Mrs. Mckenzie
Sonya Smith
as Mrs. Snyder
Darwyn Roanhorse
as Motel Owner
J. Teddy Garces
as Policeman L.A. No.1
Jorge Rojas
as Mr. Snyder
Samuel Loo
as Philipino Man
Eve Muller
as Lady L.A. No.1
Gerardo Martínez
as Immigrant
Norma Pablo
as Chito's Mother
Boris Kievsky
as Russian Taxi Driver
Irineo Alvarez
as Mr. Doblado
Steve Neil Turner
as Policeman L.A. #2
Sergio Barragán
as Tatooed Young Man
Mauricio Carmona
as Ilegal Alien
Lourdes Vicente
as Motel Owner's Wife
Carl Dillard
as Border Patrol Agent #2
Barbara May
as Bus Depo Ticket Teller
Hiromi Kamata
as Supermarket Waitress
Patricia Floresena
as Lady L.A. #2
Renán Almendárez Coello
as El Cucuy de la Mañana
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Critic Reviews for Under the Same Moon

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (31)

It's a bit of a guilty pleasure, with its formulas and its sap, but if it can get Lou Dobbs reaching for that Kleenex, it will have done its job.

Full Review… | April 13, 2008
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It's a warm drama that humanizes Americas current illegal immigration debate even as it sentimentally stacks the deck in favor of the undocumented.

April 9, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The performances -- and the movie's sideways glance at the culture of illegal immigrants, including a funny song about Superman ('He has no social security and no green card') -- give the movie its nicely controlled vitality.

Full Review… | April 4, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Under the Same Moon combines all the elements of an old-fashioned tear-jerker with the low-key, low-budget intelligence of a carefully crafted indie film.

Full Review… | April 4, 2008
Seattle Times
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The strong final third counterbalances the weaknesses of the first half.

Full Review… | April 4, 2008
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An endearingly sweet fable about a hotly debated subject.

April 4, 2008
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for Under the Same Moon

It feels like ages for me since I last saw a movie from South America since I mostly see Asian and North America releases a majority of the time. While the Under the Same Moon doesn't break any new ground it's still a sweat and heartfelt movie. Under the Same Moon is about a Mexican boy crossing the Mexico/US Border to reunite with his mother. The story itself is not anything new, but it does it well sometime taking in our characters in a different direction and unfortunately in clichés territory. Sure the clichés could be annoying as we seen them time and time again, but the movie doesn't rely too heavily on them to avoid becoming predictable. This movie does switch between two characters, one being a boy looking for his mother and the other being a mother struggles in America. Both are well written and very believable. Though I will say the son side of the movie does have some filler and the mother side is not as interesting since she primarily an adult who's knows how to take care of herself while her son is not. While it certainly won't captivate everyone the same way, it's certainly a story with a lot of heart between the main characters. The cast might be unknown to some us, but their performances help elevate the material from being average. Adrian Alonso is actually a good child actor whose performance does outshine most of the adults of the movie and he'll definitely grow on you like he did me. Kate Del Castillo stole the show from pretty much everyone in the movie; it's only unfortunate that her character side of the story wasn't as well written. The direction while it works could have been better, though it's worth complaining since it's still turned out good. If you listen to Spanish music you'll be happy with the selection of music in the movie and appearance by a popular band. Under the Same Moon is a heartfelt story that's made better with the cast performances. It might not be anything new sure, but it's still worth a watch.

Caesar Mendez
Caesar Mendez

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The Love Between a Mother and Son Knows No Boundaries

Wahida K
Wahida K

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Heartfelt, well acted drama. Adrian Alonso is a gifted young actor.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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