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Moonstruck Review

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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Time Richard Corliss

    The most beguiling romantic comedy this side of "Broadcast News." [11 Jan 1988]

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    In its warmth and in its enchantment, as well as in its laughs, this is the best comedy in a long time.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Sheila Benson

    Such nourishing comedy. It satisfies every hunger, especially the irrational ones that seem to hit hardest at holidays: hunger for impetuous romance and for the reassuring warmth of family, for reckless abandon, and for knowing who we are and what we want. [16 Dec 1987]

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Sold as a romance, but actually is one of the funniest pictures to come out in quite some time. [15 Jan 1988]

  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    [(Cher's) never been better. [5 Jan 1988, p.22(E)]

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    I enjoyed everything about Moonstruck except for its meandering mid-section. On cassette, with vino accompaniment, it may seem perfect. In theaters, with a diet drink, it still rates as the holiday sleeper. [18 Dec 1987]

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OK for kids 13+

'80s romcom has mature themes; may not interest kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy, which is far from the pre-packaged, predictable fare typical of the genre, has lots of heart, but does deal with mature themes like betrayal and deception, which are probably too weighty for kids. There's little swearing and nudity, though couples are shown in passionate embrace. There are also some arguments that may be a little bombastic for very young viewers (though hilarious for everyone else).

  • Families can talk about Loretta's decision to marry Johnny: If she didn't love him, as she says, why did she want to marry him?
  • There's a lot of talk about luck in this film: Do you believe in it? What role does it play in this movie?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Love can strike anytime, and especially when you're not looking, and it's good to give into it -- for the right person. The film, in fact, is infused with romance (a magical moon, a sense that lovers can't resist the pull of true love). Your past doesn't define have to define you. There's also a clear message about the importance of family and tradition, though one does not have to abide by both slavishly.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: In the beginning, the two main leads are broken types defined by their past heartbreaks. But somehow, they find a way to trust and hope, though the route they take does include some form of deception.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A woman slaps a man who, earlier, threatens to kill himself half-seriously.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A woman sleeps with her fiance’s brother. We see them kissing and hear them moaning; later she’s seen ostensibly naked under a sheet, her silhouette outlined by moonlight. An elderly man is having an affair, and his wife suspects it. Another retiree gets frisky with his wife (no nudity). A womanizer kisses a married woman on the cheek after walking her home.

  • language false2

    Language: Some, used sparingly: "s--t;" Italian word for prostitute.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Some signage for the Metropolitan Opera's production of "La Boheme," as well as mom-and-pop stores (florists, hair salons, bakeries). Also, the odd Budweiser outside a bar.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Plenty of social drinking at restaurants, parties, the theatre; a family breaks open the champagne to celebrate a piece of good news; a woman drinks a glass of wine before a date.