moonstruck

 

Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley. Moonstruck was nominated for six Oscars, winning Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.

Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia Dukakis

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Synopsis:
No sooner does Italian-American widow Loretta (Cher) accept a marriage proposal from her doltish boyfriend, Johnny (Danny Aiello), than she finds herself falling for his younger brother, Ronny (Nicolas Cage). She tries to resist, but Ronny lost his hand in an accident he blames on his brother, and has no scruples about aggressively pursuing her while Johnny is out of the country. As Loretta falls deeper in love, she comes to learn that she’s not the only one in her family with a secret romance.

Chris Chase (New York Daily News) This is a movie that makes you want to sing “Boheme” and walk in the moonlight and move to Brooklyn. Full Review
Gene Siskel (Chicago Tribune) You will not easily forget this incredibly robust family. Full Review
Sheila Benson (Los Angeles Times) An American movie with foreign-film sensibilities, Moonstruck’s depths come from their perfect balance of writing and direction. Full Review
Roger Hurlburt (South Florida Sun-Sentinel) Cher is simply wonderful, and the teaming with Cage an inspiration. The rest of the cast couldn’t be better. Full Review
Dave Kehr (Chicago Tribune) It isn’t great art — it`s too closely concentrated on immediate emotional effect for that — but it is highly sophisticated craftsmanship. Full Review
Ben Yagoda (Philadelphia Daily News) No resistance could overcome the overfamiliarity of the situations in Moonstruck, the corniness of its dramaturgy or the banality of its message. Full Review
Jay Boyar (Orlando Sentinel) There’s an old-fashioned romanticism about the picture, a sweet, gentle approach to love and family life. But this is kept from seeming sappy by the picture’s tough-minded, almost abrasive sense of humor. Full Review
David Sterritt (Christian Science Monitor) Cher and Nicolas Cage have a ball in this ethnic comedy of manners, and there are moments of pure magic when moonlight does its romantic work. Full Review
Kate Stables (Total Film) This charming comedy show [Cher] at her warm and supple best. Full Review
Carrie Rickey (Philadelphia Inquirer) Charming if erratic, Moonstruck is the unlikely marriage of undershirt-in- kitchen naturalism and urbane drawing-room farce. Full Review
Kevin Carr (7M Pictures) It’s sweet and harmless and very well meaning. Full Review
Bob Westal (Bullz-Eye.com) For all the emphasis on its leads, Moonstruck is a brilliantly cast ensemble piece and two smaller supporting roles deserve a special mention. Full Review
Peter Canavese (Groucho Reviews) Wears its off-balance as a badge of pride. [Blu-ray] Full Review
Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid) A superior romantic comedy, with more than a touch of grace and warmth, and without resorting to the usual stupid romantic comedy clichés. Full Review
Chris Nashawaty (Entertainment Weekly) Norman Jewison’s tiramisu-sweet romantic comedy is passionate and profound. Full Review
Emanuel Levy (EmanuelLevy.Com) Norman Jewison’s romantic comedy is likeable and amusing, featuring Oscar-winning turns from Cher and Olympia Dukakis Full Review
S. Jhoanna Robledo (Common Sense Media) ’80s romcom has mature themes; may not interest kids. Full Review
(TIME Magazine) John Patrick Shanley’s witty, shapely script puts an octet of New Yorkers under a lunar-tuney spell one romantic night. Cher shines brightest of all. Full Review
(Film4) A shamelessly exuberant affair in which love touches the young, the hurt and the middle-aged. Full Review
Angie Errigo (Empire Magazine) A wholesome, filling glimpse at what happens when people rediscover their appetite for love. Full Review

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