Racing With the Moon
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Sean Penn graduated to full stardom with the 1984 drama Racing with the Moon, even though the film itself hardly set new box office records. Set in the early years of World War II, the film stars Penn as a small-town teen-aged hotshot, six weeks away from being shipped out to fight overseas. In the meantime, Penn begins to date Elizabeth McGovern, whom he assumes is from a wealthy family. Penn's pal Nicolas Cage, who's gotten his girlfriend Suzanne Adkinson pregnant, imposes upon Penn to hit up McGovern for the abortion money. That's when Penn discovers that the girl barely has a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"Very little seems to happen in this social vacuum, and none of it is memorable."
‑ , Time Out
"I don't care for Benjamin's way of using death to validate his sentimental themes, but at this point any American movie that can get past the 'I love you's without audience snickers has to be counted a success."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A small movie about first love with abundant emotional riches."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's easy to end a movie with 'I love you,' but it's hard to get there honestly."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Everyone tries hard, but the movie is essentially superficial and has difficulty sustaining audience interest."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It lacks [My Favourite Year's] winning charm."
‑ , Film4
"An exceptionally appealing movie about subjects you may think you've already had enough of -- growing up, first love and the shouldering of arms and other responsibilities."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A sentimental view of small-town life in WWII, in which the railroads and train station are just as important as the human characters."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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