A high-powered attorney duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before their home is invaded by burglars.A high-powered attorney duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before their home is invaded by burglars.A high-powered attorney duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before their home is invaded by burglars.
....Serious Moonlight won Best Film at the 2009 Orlando Film Festival. To be brutally honest, I think winning had more to do with leads Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton, along with director Cheryl Hines, being by far the most well-known participants, than it did with the quality-(or relative lack thereof) of the film itself.
Obviously, SERIOUS was inspired/adapted by a play. Set in a house, in 5 brief acts; Half of all on-screen time is spent in the bathroom, of all places! The basic premise seems like a sure-fire winner: Not-so-successful, burned out husband decides to leave more successful lawyer wife, before she gets home from vacation, for his ditsy, twenty-something secretary. Getting home a day early, wife(Meg Ryan) catches hubby(Timothy Hutton) sneaking out in Stealth Mode. This apparently transports wife to The Twilight Zone, because, from that moment on, she exhibits the most un-attorney-like comportment imaginable! Losing touch with reality, she decides to "kidnap" husband until he has "retuned to his senses" and abandons the idea of abandoning her. Despite some genuinely funny moments, SERIOUS fumbles the execution. Novice Director Cheryl Hines(WAITRESS introduced the film. She seems like a sweet, wonderful person; a rather competent actor; and a totally unimaginative, inexperienced and lackluster director.
One sequence, midway into the film, is particularly annoying: Husband and wife, tied up in the bathroom, begin a prolonged argument. For what seems like an endless loop, the only shots/edits we get are ping-pong talking heads. That's it! Ms. Hines, if you somehow get another shot at directing, and the result is not noticeably superior, I suggest you hang-up your director's cap permanently! Timothy Hutton and a rejuvenated Meg Ryan both turn in commendable, but somewhat strained performances (Over-direction Perhaps?) Two things saved SERIOUS: A fair share of laugh-provoking moments; and acts 3 and 4.(Far superior to rest of film)
So, instead of 5*-IT GETS 6*.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!
- Aug 1, 2016