Under the Cherry Moon
Under the Cherry Moon (1986)

Rock-star Prince pays tribute to himself in this self-indulgent, musical follow-up to his smash hit Purple Rain. Christopher Tracy plays piano in a posh restaurant on the French Riviera. When working the bar, he is out trying to con rich… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 2, 1986
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Under the Cherry Moon may satisfy the most rabid Prince fans, but everyone else will be better served with this vanity project's far superior soundtrack.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Cherry Moon had some potential as a cultish Trading Places. But it drowns in its pretenses. No doubt, Prince fancies himself an auteur in his directing debut. But he has no restraint, no true vision. It's as if we've all been mooned.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

[An] absurdly bad movie.

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Jason Bailey

It's strange that so few critics seemed to understand that it's a silly film, purposefully so, and tried to use their prose to laugh at it - as if Prince weren't laughing way ahead of them. He was TELLING the joke.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

In Under the Cherry Moon, Prince does more for movie musicals than any performer since Frank Sinatra and more for bared midriffs than any sex symbol since Little Egypt. Forgive me, Madonna, but it's true.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

[A] faux-'30s goof about an impish gigolo who woos and abuses a rich debutante.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The final stretch is grueling, but the majority is average rather than awful.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

In Under the Cherry Moon, the self-styled auteur is obviously aiming for a romantic tragedy with occasional lighthearted moments. What he ends up with, however, is purest camp.

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Variety Staff

As flat and uninteresting as a newsreel from the 1930s about vacationing in the south of France.

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Mark Asch
Brooklyn Magazine

An inspired, delightful piece of cinema-pure cloudcuckooland escapism, and very much of a piece with Prince's genius.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This movie was very funny, I would have rated it lower if it didn't keep making me laugh. Prince normally seems to have a very serious personality with… More
Brett Warren
Reminds me of the time I poured chocolate all over Sheena E., or was that Morris? Eeeh-hee!