Serious Moonlight

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Released 2009

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Director:
Cheryl Hines
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
Serious Moonlight is a 2009 romantic comedy directed by Cheryl Hines and written by Adrienne Shelly. To an outside observer, Louise (Meg Ryan) might seem to have a pretty successful life. She is an ambitious attorney who has achieved great things with her career, and her marriage to Ian (Timothy Hutton) seems to be going well. However, the bottom drops out of Louise's world when she discovers that Ian has fallen for a younger woman (Kristen Bell). Something snaps in Louise's mind and she decides to keep Ian as a hostage in their cute country cottage. She skilfully duct tapes Ian to a chair and refuses to let him have any contact with the outside world, informing him that they need to talk about their marriage. Terrified and angry, Ian tries every escape tactic he can think of, but it is not until an intruder (Justin Long) puts Louise in the same situation that the couple starts to talk things over seriously. As they wait for rescue, old issues rise to the surface and healing may just begin to take place.moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    It's been a long time since Ryan has had a romantic comedy that gave her room to move and though the scale is smaller here, the humor blacker and Ryan well beyond the first blush p...

  • 40

    Variety

    A less-than-frothy domestic showdown starring Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton, it owes as much to Edward Albee as to Nora Ephron, with an occasional nod to "A Clockwork Orange."

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A very shallow comedy. For the real thing, rent "The Ref," in which Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis, with a boost from Glynis Johns, set the house on fire.

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    Comedy, Suspense

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    Independent, Dark Comedy, wine