Under the Same Moon

2008

Under the Same Moon

Critics Consensus

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

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User Ratings: 32,545
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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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Cast

Adrian Alonso
as Carlos Reyes
Carmen Salinas
as Doña Carmen
Angelina Peláez
as Benita Reyes
Ignacio Guadalupe
as Leonardo Sánchez Nava
Mário Almada
as Godfather
Yvette Mercedes
as Border Patrol Agent
Jacqueline Voltaire
as Mrs. Mckenzie
Sonya Smith
as Mrs. Snyder
Darwyn Roanhorse
as Motel Owner
J. Teddy Garces
as Policeman L.A. No.1
Samuel Loo
as Philipino Man
Jorge Rojas
as Mr. Snyder
Eve Muller
as Lady L.A. No.1
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 (94) | 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.

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

    Apr 9, 2008 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    Apr 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The strong final third counterbalances the weaknesses of the first half.

    Apr 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An endearingly sweet fable about a hotly debated subject.

    Apr 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Under the Same Moon

  • Jun 06, 2012
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2011
    a heartwarming journey that will charm everyone with the strong love between a boy and his mom. B+
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2009
    The Love Between a Mother and Son Knows No Boundaries
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2009
    This story is quite common at least the families separated for years and it's happening everywhere through America!! It's quite uneasy to live like that it would be like living in half because you're not complete and you can see the suffering on the principal actors here in the movie the mother and the son and the kid really knows how to act!! I saw him first in the second part of Zorro.. and he actually is evolving!! and the movie actually delivers what it brings the life of people that live in fear working for a better future for them and their families because they don't have documents and aren't in the U.S. legally!! The debut feature from director Patricia Riggen, this drama centers on a young boy's journey across the US/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 US, hoping someday to send for her child. But when the grandmother dies unexpectedly, Carlitos must sneak across the border and seek out his mother. UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA) tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles but never lose hope that they will one day be together again.The Love Between a Mother and Son Knows No Boundaries A boy crosses the Mexican/US border to reunite with his mother who is living in Los Angeles A boy living in Mexico crosses the Mexican/US Border to reunite with his mother "Under the Same Moon" tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the United States while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles but never lose hope that they will one day be together again.
    Sergio E Super Reviewer

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