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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Moonstruck


"When you love them they drive you crazy because they know they can."
Tonight was the first time I saw this academy award nominated movie (I know I'm late with this one, but it was never really high n the priority list). I like Cher and was interested to see her act in a movie, since I only knew her from her music. So when I saw that this movie was coming on TV tonight, I wanted to finally catch it.
Cher's actually a pretty decent actress. Now I'm not sure who was nominated with her at the 1988 Academy Awards, but I am surprised she won. I mean, she was pretty solid in the movie, but I didn't think comedic female-empowered roles like this, especially during that time, would score any Oscar gold.
Taking place in New York City in the 80s, the movie is about a fiery 38-year-old Italian woman who, after her first husband is hit by a bus, gets a second chance of love with another man. But when he rushes to his mother's deathbed in Italy, she falls for his jaded brother (played by Nicolas Cage) after an attempt to mend the relationship between the two. The result? A wild and brutish yet whimsical love affair that induces questions of fidelity, true love and second chances for not only the two involved, but the people around them.
This is the movie that flicks like My Big Fat Greek Wedding was trying to accomplish. At times funny and clever, Moonstruck asks the questions: what does it mean to be in love? and is it ever okay to settle?

My rating: B+

3 comments:

bunnydee said...

I think you are right about her getting an oscar for it. I really love this movie, maybe it reminds me of my childhood.

eclecticlady said...

Sounds quite interesting. The Oscar people were ahead of their time indeed. Great post!

Clarabela said...

This is one of my favorite movies. Olympia Dukakas is great as Loretta's mother.

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