Serious Moonlight


Serious Moonlight

Critics Consensus

Serious Moonlight jumbles a comic tone with tragic circumstances and the result is confused performances from its stars.



Total Count: 36


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Louise, a high-powered Manhattan lawyer, is touched when she arrives for the weekend to her family's upstate getaway to find it strewn with rose petals by her husband of 13 years, Ian. Unfortunately, Ian is not expecting Louise, but rather his much younger girlfriend. In fact, he's actually in the process of writing Louise a letter explaining his intention to leave her for good. An oddly cool Louise has other plans. She takes Ian captive, refusing to release him until he commits to working on their marriage together. When Ian's impatient mistress shows up, not to mention an opportunistic gardener, things start to get seriously complicated. Not merely a war of the sexes, "Serious Moonlight" is a story of a war of the wills as Ian tries to talk his way out of the situation.

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Audience Reviews for Serious Moonlight

  • Oct 29, 2013
    Surprisingly adroit unsung indie dramedy where an embittered husband & wife (Timothy Hutton & Meg Ryan) find unexpected reconciliation while locked in a bathroom during a home invasion robbery. Great work from the cast, Hutton spends most of the film duct-taped to a toilet but is up to the big challenge of expressing his character's turbulent emotions and regrets without physical action. And Meg Ryan naturally radiates, as a big fan it's great to see her in the movies again! Together they make a couple you really believe has seen a lot of ups and downs, thanks to an intelligent script brimming with a penetrating perception of marriage. In addition there's Kristen Bell as Hutton's impish mistress which leads to comical confrontations when she too is detained by crook Justin Long, who manages to be both gregarious and threatening. Only the curiously unnecessary final street scene falls flat - or did I miss something? Bad reviews here, but I suggest that if you like a couple of the stars you should give it a chance.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2013
    While watching this film, I kept thinking of French Kiss. Both Hutton and Ryan were in that film. This film made me think of, what would have happened if French Kiss ended with Ryan and Hutton getting back together. Both Ryan and Hutton have a great on screen chemistry in any film that they do. The film isn't bad, but it isn't good either. I was surprised by the short running time of the movie. The film feels like a stage play at times. Kristen Bell and Justin Long offer great supporting work in the film. I was surprised that Chery Hines directed the film. Overall it is ok, but I say see French Kiss instead.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2011
    Unbeknowst to Louise(Meg Ryan), her husband Ian(Timothy Hutton) is planning on running away with Sara(Kristen Bell), a good 20 years younger, to Paris. Unbeknowst to Ian, Louise is on her way to their country home where he is waiting for Sara before going to the airport together. With such misperceptions on a collision course, it is no surprise that somebody gets hurt, namely Ian when Louise throws a flower pot at his head, and is instantly signed to a multi-year deal by the Mets. That gives them plenty of time to talk about their marriage when she ties him up. "Serious Moonlight" gives new meaning to the phrase, "ball and chain." However, it does not give new meaning to romantic comedies. At best, it is a mildly amusing movie that a good cast can do little with. Not helping matters is how stagebound it all feels. On the plus side, there are some keen moments of insight sprinkled throughout but the movie would have needed a darker tone to succeed.(It should be noted that the Geneva Convention has outlawed the showing of wedding photos to prisoners.) But I have to admit, I did love the final shot.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2010
    Meg Ryan gets together with her French Kiss boyfriend, Timothy Hutton. She tapes him to a toilet this time, instead of letting him go to Paris. I loved this movie, not as much as French Kiss, but it's funny, sad, clever and an honest look at marriage.
    Alexis N Super Reviewer

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