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Moonlight Mile (2002)

  Directed by: Brad Silberling
Written by: Brad Silberling
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Pompeo, Susan Sarandon
Links: Moonlight Mile on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Squeaky clean, but still real" - a review by pearly

After the murder of his fiancée Diana, Joe (Jake Gyllenhaal) is feeling lost. He stays at Diana's parent's house, and goes through the funeral with them, and then begins working for her father (Dustin Hoffman) because he doesn't know what else to do with his life. Whilst he is grieving, he meets Bertie (Ellen Pompeo), who has been through a similar experience, and against his better judgement, he falls in love with her.

Moonlight Mile is a film predominantly about the grieving process, with a few intricacies thrown into the mix to make things interesting. The main four actors offer wonderful performances, making this film quite moving, and very believable. Gyllenhaal shines in everything he does - he seems to have a calming effect on everything around him which makes his performances very real. Hoffman also stands out as the father who tries to have the relationship with Joe that he was never able to have with his daughter. The girls definitely hold their own though - I found Susan Sarandon as Diana's acid-tongued mother to be the most interesting character in the bunch, and Pompeo, who I don't think I had seen before, but who really caught my attention.

Aside from the actors, Moonlight Mile is held up by a great script, which was written by Brad Silberling, and inspired by the real life murder of his girlfriend Rebecca Schaeffer. The movie shows how stilted interactions can become during grieving, and how people react differently to situations, but it is not uncomfortable to watch. And aside from this, it shows how Joe comes to terms with his situation as a whole, and figures out how to move onto the next phase of his life.

Moonlight Mile was, for me, a surprisingly good watch. I began watching knowing nothing other than who was in it (something which I love doing with films - going in with no expectations whatsoever), and as the movie went on, I began to like it more and more.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 30 Jul 2003

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  1. Its a 7 because of Ellen Pompeo. Without her its a 3.
    Ellen rules!!!!!

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from Scott McNellen ( on Sat 06 Sep 2003 15:16 #

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