Moonlight Mile

Moonlight Mile

DVD - 2003 | Widescreen version.
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Set in the early '70s, Joe is distraught after the death of his fiancaee. He moves in with her parents, Ben and JoJo, while trying to sort out all of the legal troubles and painful details of the wedding cancellations. While trying to locate the wedding invitations in the mail, Joe meets Bertie, whose boyfriend has been MIA in Vietnam. Despite his growing relationship with his late fiancaee's parents, Joe begins to foster a romance with Bertie.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Touchstone Home Entertainment,sta Home Entertainment, [2003]
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780788843402
0788843400
Branch Call Number: DVD MOO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 117 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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atfrancis
Apr 05, 2017

If you want to see some exquisite acting by some real pros this is the movie to watch.
Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and young Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Pompeo show what professional acting is all about. The story is simple. It is the brilliance of the actors that shine through every moment of this movie to express the complexities of love and grief.
The soundtrack is fabulous!

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nptphoto
Mar 22, 2012

Emotionally exploitative, and kind of a bomb. The director's crazed notion of "life-affirming" seems to be Right out of the Hinckley-Chapman Manchurian handbook. Some good cinematography, though.

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Michael
Sep 12, 2008

"Moonlight Mile" is a story about a young man whose fiancée is killed in a diner shooting, and who works out a continuing relationship with her parents, after the fact. It's how those relationships change, as each of the three make their way through grief, that illuminates a rather sober but instructive movie.

From a cinematic standpoint (art and technique) - I give "Moonlight Mile" a passing mark. It's pretty much standard film fare. Even the acting is quite circumspect - probably dragged down by a 'downer' script.

The rest of my review is a personal reflection of how this movie touched my senses.

Maybe it's because I'm getting tired of seeing movies that always want to deal with the sad things in life, that I say, this is yet another 'downer flick' (Cue: "The Sad Things In Life" - Music & Lyrics by John Torp)

As if he sensed that others might feel as I do, and as a pre-emptive strike - director-screen-writer Brad Silberling tries to illicit humour from the sad existential circumstances in the story-line. Maybe there really was a funny side to things in the confines of his mind - since the premise of the movie is based on his own tragic personal experience.

However, for me, that was even sadder, still. Were, that bereavement at losing a loved one, hit the funny bone as often as this movie suggests.

Having seen so many friends and loved ones leave this earth - my sense of loss hasn't as yet reached a level where I thought there was anything funny about death.

Especially not, in the death of one's daughter and girlfriend -as we are being asked to imagine by this cinematic life-and-death vignette.

Still, as in any film I watch, I look for positives to offset the genius-that-got-away moments; and in "Moonlight Mile", there is a redeeming feature that I feel uplifts the move in the collective soul of viewers.
If there is a saving grace - it is the positive message repeated over and over again, conveying the notion of honesty as a salvation point for moving on in life after the death of a loved one.

That notion - like a high note in music - rang loud and clear for me - and it was as beautiful as truth itself.

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joseph
Sep 10, 2008

Watchable (Fair) – How could a film restrain itself from eliciting powerful emotions especially from a story where a couple’s daughter had just been taken from them? Well, the way to disconnect the film’s characters from the viewers is to start the film in the middle and then slowly peel back the layers in explaining what the viewer is actually watching. And that’s where the problem lies. The film has a great story somewhere buried in there. Hoffman and Sarandon play the parents – it’s their top-notch performances that keep this film afloat. I found that the focus of this film was on the wrong person (i.e. the Jake Gyllenhaal character). This film should’ve focused solely on the parents for they had much more to lose than Jake’s character ever would. There are some key revelations from the three main characters which I won’t spoil for you but they are real and true – especially with respect to the parents. Unfortunately, you as the viewer would have to wade through a lot of nothing to get to it. In comparison to this review, Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars – you be the judge.

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Michael
Sep 12, 2008

"Moonlight Mile" is a story about a young man whose fiancée is killed in a diner shooting, and who works out a continuing relationship with her parents, after the fact. It's how those relationships change, as each of the three make their way through grief, that illuminates a rather sober but instructive movie.

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Michael
Mar 22, 2009

Joe Nast: "You think I don't know that you're never gonna make room in your life for someone who want's to know you better than 60 lousy percent?... It's the last 40 that counts!"

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