Moonstruck (1987)

moonstruck

Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello, John Mahoney

Director: Norman Jewison

Summary: When she tries to make peace with her new family, an engaged woman falls for her fiance’s brother

Other Nominations: Director, Actress (Cher)*, Supporting Actor (Gardenia), Supporting Actress (Dukakis)*, Original Screenplay*

Good rom-com. I can see why Cher was nominated even if I would have picked Holly Hunter from Broadcast News for Best Actress and Gardenia and especially Dukakis (who was terrific) were worthy of their nominations. I would also would say Mahoney (later famous as the dad on Frasier) was very good. Cage while fine, is a relative weak link in the cast and the low, growly voice he puts on is distracting.

It has charm and solid humor throughout, and the tone is light enough that the wackier parts (like how Cher and Cage fall in love) feel alright, while still allowing for some genuinely emotional moments every once in awhile. Nothing exceptional (and I certainly wouldn’t have given it Best Original Screenplay), but consistently entertaining without many glaring issues.

Rating: B

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