In this slice-of-life comedy about the Italian American residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood, an independent-minded widow falls in love with a one-handed misfit baker, much to the chagrin of her betrothed.
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- Norman Jewison
- This movie is
- 1988 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Top 100 Passions
- Top 100 Laughs
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), French, EnglishClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
With an inventive menu design and a few sterling features, the Moonstruck DVD is an example of how many "catalog" titles should be handled. The transfer looks great (it is in pan-and-scan) and sounds even better -- it was re-recorded in DD 5.1. The director, Norman Jewison, provides an interesting commentary.
Common Sense Note
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).
- Sexual Content
- 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.
- A woman slaps a man who, earlier, threatens to kill himself half-seriously.
- Some, used sparingly: "s--t;" Italian word for prostitute.
- Social Behavior
- 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.
- 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.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- 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.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it