Left Moonstruck by Cher

Kaitlin Olson

As I sat down to watch Moonstruck, a few things crossed my mind. “Lol- Cher and Nicolas Cage in a rom-com together. WHAT IS THIS???” As the end credits rolled, my thoughts had definitely changed. “What… that was… CAN WE WATCH IT AGAIN???” This movie, while not the best rom-com I have ever seen, pleasantly surprised me. For a solid hour-and-a-half I found myself middle-school giddy and rooting for romance (Hoorah Cher and Nic!).  The story is one that catches you off-guard and you fall in love with the flawed but genuine characters as they make horrible life choices.

That’s one thing I really enjoyed about this film though- it isn’t the typical rom-com. It is wonderfully written with dialogue that makes you genuinely laugh your ass off, but you can feel the characters’ pain by their words and actions (and lack thereof). It also is unique in that it doesn’t reward the characters for their good choices or punish them for their bad ones. While you have a sense of where everything is going, it still surprises you with a bang and proves it isn’t an ordinary film.

The best part of this film though, is Cher as she shows off the acting chops I never knew she had. She plays a frumpy straight-shooter turned fool for love with an Italian accent, and boy is she amazing at it. Nicolas Cage, on the other hand, is by no means phenomenal (he also has one of his typical rants, which had me bursting in laughter) but still has a way of being charming. Add the excellent performances of Olympia Dukakis and Vincent Gardenia as Cher’s hilarious but damaged parents, and the cast truly pulls you into a magical story.

Film Summary: Moonstruck was released in 1987 and follows Sicilian American widow Loretta Castorini (Cher). Her boyfriend Johnny proposes to her, yet after an odd encounter with his younger brother Ronny (Cage) nothing seems as if it is going to go to plan. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and won three- Best Actress for Cher, Best Supporting Actress for Dukakis, and Best Original Screenplay.

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