Serious Moonlight
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When high-powered attorney Louise (Meg Ryan) learns that her husband, Ian (Timothy Hutton), plans to leave her after 13 years of marriage to run off with his twentysomething girlfriend, Sara (Kristen Bell), she impulsively decides to take drastic action. She ties up Ian in their country house, and refuses to let him go until they talk things through. Naturally, he resists, and things take an even worse turn for the couple when a young hooligan (Justin Long) hears Ian's cries for help, and decides to rob the couple blind instead of helping the hapless husband. Serious Moonlight was scripted… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Adrienne Shelly deserves better."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Meg Ryan really needs to steer clear of embarrassments like this."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Ryan tries too hard to reestablish her professional reputation and turns it into a meaningless, annoying film destined for oblivion, right alongside her other recent efforts."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"I appreciate that talented people wanted to honor Shelly by making this film. They likely would have better honored her by mounting her script as a play."
‑ Mike Russell, Oregonian
"A dreadful and unappealing comedy about a couple whose marriage is in jeopardy."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"More strident than funny, the film illustrates that old French proverb, "Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out.""
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's a tribute to writer Adrienne Shelley and first-time director Cheryl Hines that, despite the film's flaws, it ultimately pulls off its unlikely tone."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"...tart, frequently goofy..."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"Meg Ryan's Louise is problematic. It's not so much that she chooses to hold on to her man, as it is the man who she chooses to hold on to."
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Indie Movies Online
"it is nice to see a film made for adults, with fine acting and the amusing last-minute twist that pulls the film together."
‑ Emily S. Mendel,
"Serious Moonlight has its flaws, but then what marriage doesn't?"
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Serious Moonlight suggests an unholy, watered-down hybrid of The Ref and Funny Games, played as a chirpy screwball comedy."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Sadly, something seems to have gotten lost in translation."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Small indie that has all the ingredients of a typical Hollywood Meg Ryan romantic comedy from the 1990s, including Meg Ryan, but lacks the spark of the best of her genre."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"The movie conversely feels disengaged and misdirected, a forgettable reminder that every clever idea does not a good movie make."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
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