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Serious Moonlight (DVD Review)

3 Feb, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 2/9/10
Box Office $0.03 million
$26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for language and some threatening behavior.
Stars Meg Ryan, Timothy Hutton, Kristen Bell, Justin Long.

High-powered Manhattan attorney Louise (cougar Meg Ryan, largely absent from the big screen since 2003’s In the Cut) comes home early to learn her husband, Ian (Oscar winner Timothy Hutton), is ending their 13-year marriage and leaving for Paris with the young office receptionist (Kristen Bell).

Increasingly batty Louise decides the best way to work out their differences is for them to work on their marriage, which includes duct-taping Ian to a toilet.

Moonlight then segues from quirky black comedy to quasi Lifetime Channel chick-flick as Louise laboriously tries to change Ian’s mind with non-stop emotional banter that only infuriates him (and most men) further.

The situation turns serious with the unexpected appearance of a gardener/punk played by Justin Long (the Mac commercial guy) who appears more interested in brutish fits of anger and entitlement mixed with sexual opportunism.

Moonlight was penned by the late Adrienne Shelly, who was murdered in 2006 just months before the release of her critically-acclaimed directorial debut, Waitress.

That indie film co-starred Cheryl Hines (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), who made Moonlight her first directorial effort as well as tribute to Shelly.

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