Moonlight Mile

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Released 2003

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Director:
Brad Silberling
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Moonlight Mile is a 2002 American film written and directed by Brad Silberling and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, and Susan Sarandon. Joe Nast (Jake Gyllenhaal) moves in with his fianc'e's parents after his fianc'e Diana Floss (Careena Melia) is murdered in a restaurant robbery gone awry. Diana's father Ben (Hoffman) goes into the real estate business with Joe. As Joe grieves the loss of Diana, he and Ben hope to enter into a development deal on a small block in town. Jojo (Sarandon), Diana's mother, is upset when Diana's friends come to look through her things. Bertie Knox (Ellen Pompeo) comforts Joe and the two begin a romantic relationship. In hopes of jump-starting the redevelopment, Joe goes to the local bar to speak to the owner to encourage him to sell. When reveals that he and Diana had actually split up three days before the murder, the family is put at ease. Also starring Holly Hunter, Moonlight Mile was a critical success, however fared poorly at the box office.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Though its conclusion is too tidily therapeutic, and though elements of its story strain credibility, Moonlight Mile has an understated, lived-in quality and a wry, unforced sense ...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    What's on screen is too honest and from the heart to totally dismiss but too slick and contrived to completely embrace. This is a film that cares about genuine emotion but also wan...

  • 50

    Variety Robert Koehler

    A movie at war with itself -- tuned into its characters' vicissitudes one moment, stumbling with awkward stabs at goofiness the next.

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    Independent, Love & Romance, Historical