Tuesday, February 23, 2016

769. Moonstruck

Directed by Norman Jewison

Man, do I hate this movie.  I might be the only one on Earth who feels this way as I have never met anyone who did not like this film.  Usually I can understand what people see in things if there is talent behind it, but I just can't figure out this movie's appeal.

Loretta Castorini is an accountant in Brooklyn living with her parents and grandfather.  She accepts her boyfriend's proposal and he leaves her to plan the wedding as he visits his mother in Sicily.  He asks her to invite his estranged brother Ronny to the wedding but Loretta has trouble making contact with him.  When she finally tracks him down, the two find themselves instantly attracted to each other.  Who will she choose?  I was honestly curious, as both men are so unappealing.

I know the characters are supposed to be slightly wooden and weird, but even that can't excuse the bad acting on display here.  I am in utter shock that Cher won Best Actress for this role, beating both Meryl Streep and Glenn Close.  It seems we are supposed to fall in love with these characters, but they were all too malicious for my taste.

The dialogue in this film was even stranger than the characters.  I just don't get it, but it doesn't feel like a big loss.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Cher threatened to quit if Nicolas Cage wasn't cast.


  1. I absolutely loved this movie! I thought Cher was great and I thought the quirky characters were really funny. Olympia Dukakis was amazing and actually, I liked all the actors in this. The whole issue of family and family love was touching and interesting. This film entertained me immensely.

    1. I'm glad you were able to find enjoyment in this. I just don't get the appeal of Cher. Or Nicolas Cage for that matter.

  2. You are not alone, Amanda. Nicolas Cage is a weird election for a romantic comedy. In Arizona Baby, he was fun because his character was supposed to be over-the-top and ludicrous but he is not the lovable kind.

    Cher, well, she is ok, I guess, but the dialogues are impossible. She practically orders him to sleep with her and then she didn't remember the following day? She was not even drunk! And what is that mumbo jumbo about "men chasing women because they fear death"? They (mostly) chase women because they want to have sex. Death has nothing to do with it.

    And let's not start with that scene in which a girl throws a glass of water to a man laughing at her and we are supposed to feel sorry for him.

    1. Thank you!! I agree with your assessment of this movie and men haha.