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Comedy Movies - Moonstruck - Deluxe Edition


Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia
Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello
Directed by Norman Jewison
MGM 1987
MGM Home Video 2006
102 minutes plus extras

This is a little embarrassing: I was not blown away by Moonstruck, Deluxe Edition or not. This operatic romantic comedy won Academy Awards for best actress (Cher), best supporting actress (Olympia Dukakis), and best original screenplay (John Patrick Shanley) yet I could not quite get into it. I did enjoy a few scenes and moments here and there, especially the last scene around the kitchen table and Cher's famous "Snap out of it!" moment but overall I simply did not get carried away and I really expected to.

Moonstruck is the story of love under its many aspects. You get a couple of different stories of the love two old couples share, of a few people (like university professor Perry -played by John Mahoney of Frasier fame-who goes to the same restaurant each time his latest student conquest dumps him and throws water in his face) looking for love, and, central to the story, of Loretta Castorini (Cher) a widow who has one brother (Danny Aiello) propose to her only to fall in love with another brother (Nicolas Cage).

Perhaps Moonstruck didn't strike me because being unfamiliar with opera I did not quite get the structural, character, or artistic references. Perhaps Moonstruck is one of those romantic comedies that only works for couples.

Perhaps Moonstruck is a great romantic comedy DVD if you are in love.

Extra features in Moonstruck, Deluxe Edition include an interesting commentary track with director Norman Jewison, Cher, and screenwriter John Patrick Stanley. This commentary track is far above the usual fluff you get normally get on these things. Also included are the documentary Moonstruck: At the Heart of an Italian Family, a very good behind the scenes and how the movie was made documentary. Also included are the Music of Moonstruck featurette, and something called Pasta to Pastries: The Art of Italian Food, an interactive series of short bits about various places in New Yawk's Little Italy. You also get recipe cards for Spadini Romana, Bucatini all' Americana, and Lamb del Elvino all of which seem pretty easy to do

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