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Although its tale of marital crisis unfolds a bit too cleanly, A Walk on the Moon--which was coproduced by Dustin Hoffman--offers a welcome relief from the juvenile assault of skull-throbbing blockbusters. The story is gently involving, the characters are authentic, and, best of all, Diane Lane is given a chance to show why she's one of the most genuine and underrated actresses of her generation. Here she plays Pearl Kantrowitz, a devoted housewife on a routine vacation in the Catskills with her TV repairman husband Marty (Liev Schreiber), 14-year-old daughter (Anna Paquin), and rambunctious younger son (Tovah Feldshuh).

It's the summer of 1969. Neil Armstrong has made his "one small step for man," Woodstock is about to happen nearby (leading to a barely plausible dramatic coincidence), and while her husband is away on business, Pearl is cautiously receptive to the seductions of "the blouse man" (Viggo Mortensen), a hippie salesman who offers the adventure and passion that Pearl sacrificed to young pregnancy and marriage. Once the stage for infidelity is set, A Walk on the Moon progresses predictably, but first-time screenwriter Pamela Gray stays true to the emotions of her characters, and actor Tony Goldwyn (making a smooth directorial debut) maintains precisely the right tone to downplay most of the movie's dramatic clichés. Add to this a sharp dynamic between Lane and Paquin, whose performances create a substantial mother-daughter relationship. Graced by stolen moments and fleeting expressions that speak volumes, this unassuming little film is eminently worthwhile. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Diane LanePearl Kantrowitz
Anna PaquinAlison Kantrowitz
Tovah FeldshuhLillian Kantrowitz
Liev SchreiberMarty Kantrowitz
Julie KavnerP.A. Announcer
Lisa Bronwyn MooreNorma Fogler
Viggo MortensenWalker Jerome
Lisa JakubMyra Naidell

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Tony Goldwyn
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 105 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 2, 1999
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 11, 2003
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