Moonlight Mile [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Oscar? winners Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor, 1980, Kramer vs. Kramer), Susan Sarandon (Best Actress, 1996, Dead Man Walking), and Holly Hunter (Best Actress, 1994, The Piano) star with Jake Gyllenhaal (The Good Girl) in Moonlight Mile -- an uplifting story of endearing honesty and humor. When Joe Nast (Gyllenhaal) experiences an unexpected loss, he wants to be the man he believes everyone wants him to be -- the dutifully bereaved husband-to-be and the perfect would-be son-in-law to Ben (Hoffman) and Jojo (Sarandon). But then another woman unexpectedly enters his life, and he's torn between fulfilling his new roles and following his heart.
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When "Moonlight Mile" begins it is three days after Diana Floss (Careena Melia) was shot in an ice cream shoppe across the street from her father's commercial reality office. A guy walked in intending to gun down his wife; she received two bullets in the head but survived, while Diana was killed. Now Joe finds himself living with Ben and JoJo trying to figure out what to do next. Part of this is becoming Ben's partner in what will now be called "Floss & Son," although commercial realty in a small New England economically depressed town in the early 1970s does not make much sense.Read more ›
At first I thought the story sounded a little depressing-girl shot dead leaving her greiving parents and fiance to pick up the pieces. It is so much more than that. It deals with death in a really good way-the characters show grief but subtley.
Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman as the parents are amazing as always and Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Pompeo as the fiance and his new love intrest truly hold their own opposite them.
The film has an excellent soundtrack and I highly recommend it!
The film is a perceptive and not overly sentimental depiction of the mourning of the Walking Wounded after the grave of a loved one is covered over and the friends and food of Shiva week are gone. (The Floss family is Jewish.) Sarandon has perhaps the meatiest role as JoJo. Her monolog to Joe about what keeps her and Ben together (and bickering) after 31 years is the Great Truth of many marriages, I suspect, and possibly the movie's best single scene.
Notwithstanding my high regard for the film, I'm bothered by the niggling feeling that Gyllenhall's portrayal of Joe was too one dimensional. It's as if his life begins with the opening scene. At no time does the audience learn about his past. Where was he born and raised? Does he have siblings or living parents? Did he have dreams of being anything before meeting Diana? It's like he's this orphan, a blank slate upon which his connection with the Floss family writes.Read more ›
I rented it from a video shop and watched it at least 3 times before returning it- and have just ordered the dvd. With a fantastic soundtrack, great script and superb acting all round, this is one film not to be missed.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays the part of Joe Nast superbly. He hardly has to move a muscle to bring across a new emotion and just fits right into the part- it really is like watching life on a video. Then Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon are as great as they always have been and somehow manage to convey the awkwardness felt at such times with a great deal of emotion and humour. However I feel the best part of this film comes in the form of the stunning Ellen Pompeo. I have never seen her in anything before but she steals the show in this one. She really shows emotion and you feel everything s though you are right there.
I believe this is a great film, even if you are not into this gene it it well worth seeing.( and buying!)
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Did not work in dvd player
Something to do with regions. Not impressed
Not the run of the mill but most enjoyable. I shall watch it again.
I wasn't sure at first but really got into it.
I was really looking forward to watching this film, as it is one of the last Jake Gyllenhaal movies to add to my collection. I was disappointed. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2013 by Buyer 99
The plot is not appealing to me at all. I didn't find anything beautiful, realistic or charming. The whole idea of this movie is actually very poor. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2010 by happy