An unlucky bookkeeper falls in love with her fiance's brother.
Directed by Norman Jewison
Written by John Patrick Shanley
Starring Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia,
Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello, John Mahoney,
Julie Bovasso, Louis Guss, Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
Oscar Wins - Best Actress (Cher), Best Supporting
Actress (Olympia Dukakis), Best Original Screenplay
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Supporting
Actor (Vincent Gardenia), Best Director
Moonstruck is a story about love and how powerfully insane it truly is. It has the power to change lives for better or worse, and can completely uproot your entire life. This film does more to demonstrate realistic love than any before it, due mostly to the delightful chemistry between Cher and Nicolas Cage, a match I never thought would've worked. In a film where nearly every major character is cheating on their significant other, the fact that love shines through it brighter than anything else is proof that this is a good movie that can be enjoyed by all.
Cher plays Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper who is engaged to a stuffy, insecure man who flies to Sicily to be with his dying mother. While he's in Sicily, Loretta meets his brother Ronny and the two begin a misguided but passionate romance. Cher is believable from the get-go and never falters in her performance. The same could be said for Nicolas Cage, whose tendency to overact and ham up his lines really helps the character of Ronny stand out. While this is happening, Loretta's parents (Vincent Gardenia and Olympia Dukakis) are going through their own troubles. You get to see two generations of complicated love and how it affects people of all ages. It's refreshing for a film to be this honest.
Moonstruck is enjoyable for everyone whose ever pined for someone special or who've been in a crazy relationship. It goes out of its way to prove that love is uncontrollable and impossible to rationalize. It sneaks up on you and hits you when you're most vulnerable. Moonstruck gives you a glimpse of that crazy love, and leaves it up to you to decide if it's worth taking a chance to have that kind of love for yourself.