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Serious Moonlight (2009)

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A high-powered attorney duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before their home is invaded by burglars.

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Cheryl Hines

Writer:

Adrienne Shelly
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Meg Ryan ... Louise
Timothy Hutton ... Ian
Justin Long ... Todd
Kristen Bell ... Sara
Derek Carter ... Man #1
Bill Parks ... Man #2
Kimberlee Peterson ... Trashy Girl
Nathan Dean Nathan Dean ... Detective
Andy Ostroy Andy Ostroy ... Police Officer
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Storyline

Louise wants to find a way to reconnect with her husband, Ian, who is divorcing her after many years of marriage. But when she surprises him at their country home, she is more than slightly dismayed that the roses and romantic set-up are not for her but for his much younger mistress. Louise takes matters into her own hands, and abducts Ian duct-taping him to the toilet, where he must admit to his true feelings and he is unable to leave her. Things grow exceedingly awry for everybody when a burglar shows up at their house, and then everybody must discover and admit to their true feelings. Written by napierslogs

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a love/hate comedy.

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Rated R for language and some threatening behavior | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armadilhas do Amor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,636, 6 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,137, 27 December 2009
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The ending is dedicated to actor and director Adrienne Shelly who was murdered in 2006 when she caught a man, who had broken into her office, stealing money from her purse. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Sara arrives and Louise has to tape Ian, the tape almost touches his left side-burn while, when coming back to the house the tape now is far from it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Louise: [on the phone] Michelle.
Michelle: Yeah?
Louise: I threw heck to the wind and drove up to the country a day early, want to surprise Ian, spend the long weekend with him. So, I need you to call Metler and tell him that the papers were filed yesterday and everything is fine, and I will talk to him first thing on Monday morning. Then call my dentist, cancel my appointment, and reschedule it for Tuesday afternoon. And then cancel my meetings for the rest of the day. You know what to do, that's why you ...
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In the opening credits Timothy Hutton is referred to as Tim Hutton See more »

Connections

Referenced in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.30 (2009) See more »

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Her Hair Is On Fire
Written by Aaron Lee Tasjan and Justin Tranter
Performed by Semi Precious Weapons
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A twisted Devito-like comedy.
25 December 2009 | by rwdrexSee all my reviews

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;)


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