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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Adrienne Shelly deserves better.
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."
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.
Serious Moonlight suggests an unholy, watered-down hybrid of The Ref and Funny Games, played as a chirpy screwball comedy.
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.
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.
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,
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