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What a bizarre film.
First off, i have to say, i actually enjoyed the first two thirds or so of it, strange hormonal man-hating thing that it is. It has enough of a dark edge & originality to stand out from the usual production line chick-flicks. However, once the gardener character turns up the whole thing goes off the rails & becomes as unhinged as the central character. And entirely implausible, too - the idea (trying not to give too much away, here) that the characters could not get out of the situation they are forced into is visibly ridiculous.. did no-one proof-read this thing?
Also, all the motives & lines for all the male characters are by far the most unbelievable i have ever heard. Not one of them speaks like a real person. Did some fat girl run out of Mills & Boon books one afternoon & decide to knock one out herself? It's really depressing to think how many women will happily tolerate this kind of ken-doll fantasy depiction of their opposite number.
On the plus side, Meg Ryan does what she is called on to do well, & Timothy Hutton does what he can with the dialogue given him. There are some tender & insightful moments amid the plot holes & deranged logic. The twist at the end helps but doesn't redeem what has gone before, & in fact makes Ryan's manipulative character all the more disturbing.
For all of this, it's still better than the usual Hollywood detritus, an interesting & original idea run aground by a script that has no idea whatsoever of how men actually think, act, talk & feel. Which is a real pity, as this could have been something really special.
Based solely on its trailers this movie is already getting a bad rap
online, with many lambasting it as some 'chick' flick revamp of 'French
Kiss'. Don't believe that hooey. This is a dark comedy worthy of
Hitchcock, and it's far, far removed from Meg Ryan's past 'sweetheart'
'Serious Moonlight' is a simple, character-driven story of what happens when high-powered lawyer Louise (Meg Ryan) finds out her husband Ian (Timothy Hutton) plans to leave her for his younger mistress Sara (Kristen Bell). Louise holds Ian hostage, the better to make him explain what happened to their marriage. Eventually, an unexpected visit by Todd (Justin Long) forces husband, wife, and mistress to confront their situation in an unexpected manner.
As director Cheryl Hines suggested at the Austin Film Festival Q&A before and after the movie, the film's plot really centers on Ian's character development. I have to agree, and I also think Hines was right when she said that Timothy Hutton was perfect for this role.
And while some might take Louise's decision to tie her husband up as pathetically desperate, I found it entirely believable that such drastic action would be necessary to make a man talk about his real feelings especially when he's doing something as unoriginally asinine as finding 'real love' with a younger woman. It's no accident that Sara looks conspicuously like young Louise, I think, and much of the movie's subtext is about the difference between early passion and long-term commitment.
This movie often feels like a play in the best sense, focusing on small moments and realistic conversation. Its short length stops it from feeling stage-y, however, and the actors all convey their lines with wonderful subtlety.
Hines also described the meticulous process of reading through the script with the actors to determine what was funny and what wasn't. I think this was nothing short of genius; so many non-traditional comedies lose the distinction so you're not sure what the intent of any given scene is. Perhaps because of her strong background in comedy, Hines wisely avoids this pitfall, making the movie's laughs razor-sharp, but balancing them with genuinely tense moments.
I won't tell you how the movie ends, because there's a bit of a twist. But I will be very curious to see what happens when it's released. I suspect that there will be some controversy about the how the film treats the battle of the sexes, and I fear some men might cower in the face of Louise's character -- Ian certainly does, at least at first. But that's almost the point, and I'm glad to see a woman-authored, woman-directed view of male infidelity for once.
This darkly comic movie is definitely worth seeing, in my opinion, and given how seriously funnylady Hines takes her job as director, I sincerely hope to see more of her work soon.
If you enjoy films like "War of the Roses", you should like this one.
Basically this is a love-triangle story about a man (Tim Hutton) whose planning on leaving his wife (Meg Ryan) of 14 years for a much younger woman (Kristin Bell). The wife doesn't respond well and much inappropriate behavior follows.
Not much depth is written into these people but Ryan and Hutton do a rather spectacular job with their roles anyway. Special notice should be given to Justin Long's cameo as a thug. He seems to relish his small 'against type-cast' role. Unfortunately, Kristin Bell bores us with her very two-dimensional performance.
The plot tidies itself up rather too quickly from this twisted story, but at least we're not left with an overly long film. And the first hour is one of the darkest hours of film I've ever seen--in a good way.
If you've seen Adrienne Shelly's (the writer) other film, "Waitress", you'll be familiar with the style of this film. "Waitress" is a more complete movie with much more depth. However, Cheryl Hines--who took over for Shelly after her untimely death--does a commendable job.
I'm saddened to realize this will be the last work we see from the mind of Adrienne Shelly. As it stands, it's not a bad way to be remembered. A writer/director who had a flair for gracefully exploring people's darkest emotions and desires.
And no, I'm not just saying this because I'm strapped to a toilet!
P.S. This film is not a date flick;)
Coming home unexpectedly one afternoon, a chattering businesswoman discovers not only is her husband leaving her, but also that he has fallen in love with another woman and was planning a rose-pedaled seduction in the couple's bedroom. She takes action by knocking him out temporarily and duct-taping him to a chair (and then to a toilet) in an attempt--one presumes--to hash out their problems rationally. Marital discord making for an unfunny dark comedy, with Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton failing to create a convincing union (tattered or otherwise). Who on earth foots the bill for anemic productions like this? Picture starts out poorly and manages, somehow, to get progressively worse. Is there a message of some kind in Adrienne Shelly's strident script? If so, it is as well-hidden as Hutton's once-celebrated acting skills. The pits! NO STARS from ****
"Serious Moonlight" deserves to be seen for a number of reasons.
First, it is written by the late Adrienne Shelly (best known for "Waitress" (2007)). After her death, her husband set up the Adrienne Shelly Foundation to help women pursue their film-making dreams. Money earned from her films goes towards this foundation.
Second, there are a lot of elements in this film that are pretty original which seems to be a hard feat to accomplish for most films today.
Third, the interesting casting choices, which give us the pleasure of seeing Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton in mature, grown up roles but acting childishly-stupid with glimmers of maturity and wisdom. After seeing this movie, I believe they are the only actors who could pull it off so beautifully. Add to this, Justin Long in a funny and very surprising role, and then the adorable Kristin Bell who for once is actually playing a character less-accomplished than the average woman her age.
"Serious Moonlight" is a romantic comedy of sorts where we have a husband divorcing his wife so he can be with his younger mistress. Include a couple criminal activities and all plans get thrown out the window. Every turn in this movie is funny, original, thoughtful, and romantic - in its own weird way.
I recommend spending your money on "Serious Moonlight". Rest in Peace, Adrienne.
This is one of the better movies I have seen this past month or so.
Meg Ryan puts on a marvelous performance as the slightly crazy wife doing whatever she can to make her husband love her.
This is a comedy unlike most other comedies out there. It had really good dialogue and some nice scenes. You just curl your toes at the extremes Meg Ryan's character goes to for making her husband stay with her. Now, it is not a comedy that will make you roll over laughing with tears streaming down your cheeks, but it is funny and have a very believable feel to it. You really get to feel for the characters of the movie.
I like Meg Ryan as an actress, and this is one of the better roles I have seen her portray in awhile. A good step away from the usual romantic comedies that she have been making.
Without giving away too much of the story, I found the plot to be very predictable. Very easy to figure out what happens early on and also easy to figure out how it will end - it is a Hollywood movie after all. And I am not just saying that because I am taped to a toilet!
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Poor story, characters helplessly shallow. OK, my dear selfish insecure psychotic wife, I'll keep this marriage because I'm deeply sorry for you and, by the way and all of a sudden, I love you again. And keep throwing vases at me, because my head doesn't get hurt, it doesn't bleed'as well. When the story was tied, a thief comes from out of nowhere driving a little tractor, and he wants to know the poor man's history and he is not in a hurry to run away with the stolen objects, and the silly mistress, the tied women quarreling, the thorough police investigation...The strange and stereotyped happy ending suggests that the movie ran out of budget so that they had to finish it, although it was really about time...A huge waste of time.
This movie is listed as comedy, crime, and romance ... there isn't one
minute of any believable comedy, crime, or romance. Honestly I do not
see how this flick got beyond the editing room.
It's like my title ... that one shoe you see along the side of a road ... how did it get there? How did this movie get made? It's half a movie! It just has people saying their lines, then it ends.
Maybe the producers blew the budget on rehearsal and just went with what they had .... which is nothing but a bore. I kept expecting the entire robbery to have been a setup for a twist in the plot at the end .. no that doesn't happen.
An awful half a movie!
Meg Ryan is one of the most beautiful women in entertainment but in
this film it looks like her face is numb and mostly expressionless.
Like I said in the headline, it's just like this movie.
While some adaptations from the stage to the big screen work, this one doesn't. The screenplay should have considered the variety of locations and scenarios that could have been utilized to expand the desirability of this movie. I don't even remember seeing it at any movie theaters and recently viewed it on Netflix. I couldn't finish watching it because the execution was that disappointing. Only Timothy Hutton's talent made me give it two starts instead of one.
By the way, I hope we see more of Meg Ryan but please, stay away from the cosmetic chemistry! Age naturally and you'll always be desirable!
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We find Meg Ryan, who has never looked hotter, lowering herself and losing all dignity to keep a not-so-hot husband who has been cheating on her and who happens to speak and act like a teenager. This alleged comedy contains such humorous ingredients as bondage, torture, brutality, and sexual assault. There is even a scene where a goldfish bowl is smashed onto the floor,with the poor fish flopping about (what..they couldn't have used a rubber prop fish?). The dialog is so unrealistic and the acting so poor that I just couldn't finish watching this self-indulgent exercise in immature drivel.The movie was very disturbing,not so much as you were watching something unrealistic and not so much as you witnessed brutality and sexual molestation, but that it was intended to actually have been funny.
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