Plot: Directed by Norman Jewison, 1987.
Loretta Castorini, a Brooklyn bookkeeper in her late 30s whose husband died several years earlier in a bus accident, decides it’s time to get married again. So she accepts the proposal of a nice, middle-aged fellow named Johnny Cammareri. Loretta is convinced her first marriage was cursed because she and her husband had gotten married at City Hall; this time, she’s determined to do things right, even as she admits to her mother, Rose, that she’s not really in love with Johnny. (To which Rose replies: “Good. When you love them, they drive you crazy, ’cause they know they can.” Rose speaks from rueful experience; she suspects, with good reason, that her husband, Cosmo, is cheating on her.) Loretta is convinced that marrying Johnny is the safe and sure thing to do – until she meets his estranged younger brother Ronny, who tends the ovens in a neighborhood bakery. Loretta discovers that in startling contrast to the pleasant, mild-mannered Johnny, Ronny is moody and passionate; what follow are complications worthy of a comic opera.
“Snap outta of it!” I first watched Moonstruck early on in High School and didn’t really get it…actually, I don’t know if I even finished it. Anyway, my friend Allyson told me she had seen it and loved it, so I decided to give it another shot. I popped it in the DVD player at 2am last night thinking I would watch half an hour before going to bed…well, I watched it all. This time around, I loved it and really saw it’s charm.
I thought the performances by Cher and Nick Cage were fantastic, the script was great, and of course I loved all the NYC and Italian references I wouldn’t say this is a classic love story, but one that is more real and honest. On top of this, Norman Jewison directed the film and we all know how much I am obsessed with his film Fiddler On the Roof… I obviously needed to see this again.
I recommend this film for anyone 18+ (not for language, I just don’t think they would fully appreciate). I would recommend it for people who want a love story, but not a sappy one…for something more real and meaningful than the usual bullshit romance films.
I give this film **** stars.