Serious Moonlight


Serious Moonlight (2009)


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


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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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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (16)

Adrienne Shelly deserves better.

Dec 10, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4

More strident than funny, the film illustrates that old French proverb, "Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out."

Dec 10, 2009 | Rating: 2/4

Serious Moonlight has its flaws, but then what marriage doesn't?

Dec 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Meg Ryan really needs to steer clear of embarrassments like this.

Dec 4, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's a tribute to writer Adrienne Shelley and first-time director Cheryl Hines that, despite the film's flaws, it ultimately pulls off its unlikely tone.

Dec 4, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Serious Moonlight suggests an unholy, watered-down hybrid of The Ref and Funny Games, played as a chirpy screwball comedy.

Dec 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Serious Moonlight

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 Nomm
Alexis Nomm

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Disappointing. At least an hour of this, (and it only runs for just over 80 minutes), is just Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton in a room. She has found out that he is about to leave her for his much younger mistress, played by Kristen Bell, and is not happy about it. As is usual with Meg Ryan these days, her acting fails as it is impossible to stop looking at her plastic face in horror. She has no expressions anymore, so it is hard to empathise or feel moved by anything she says or does. I found myself getting quite bored with this extended scene with the two of them and even reading the paper at one point. Kristin Bell's reappearance, (she appears briefly in the beginning of the movie), towards the end livens things back up again, and the small twist at the end almost made the whole film worth watching. Almost. It's just a pity it is so dull getting there.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Ok. Well, this isn't one of those big budget blockbuster romantic comedy films that most people expect from these two actors. It is a more subtle black comedy of sorts. Someone mentioned that it seemed more like a three act play, and it did. It was well done, and quite unusual in a way. BUT, if you watch it knowing full well that is supposed to be quirky, and unusual, you will enjoy it more. I did find it a little predictable, but that's ok. I enjoyed it anyway. It's definitely worth seeing,

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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"A relationship ending is like a death just two people know about. A whole life gets lost, everything we did together. All the places we traveled, the fights, the small moments of tenderness." A high-powered attorney duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before their home is invaded by burglars.

This film is about a woman coming back home to find her husband writing a note asking for divorce. She holds her husband captive to try to win him back. "Serious Moonlight" has only two actors most of the time, and the whole film is set in a house. Yet, it manages to maintain viewers' attention by the spectrum of emotions the two go through as the day progresses. The plot is engaging, but I find the husband's change of heart a little too abrupt. The final few seconds of the film is simple and yet effectively suggests something sinister has happened, thereby opening up viewers' imagination as to why things happened this way. "Serious Moonlight" is an interesting portrayal of a troubled couple who searches their soul for answers.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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