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Moonlight Mile

By Richard Gorelick | Posted

Is it over yet? I mean, have these phony people finally worked through their manufactured emotions in this contrived and excruciatingly boring movie. Written and directed by Brad Silberling, whose actress girlfriend Rebecca Schaeffer was murdered in 1989, Moonlight Mile sets events during the Vietnam War, a period evoked largely through overly assertive set decoration. During the (inevitable) climactic courtroom scene, young Joe Nast (Jake Gyllenhaal) is asked while testifying to conjure up the memory of his murdered fiancée, Melanie, to bring the victim into the courtroom. He looks to his would-have-been in-laws, Ben and JoJo Floss (Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon), who have taken Joe into their lives for their own boring reasons. In order to look at Ben and JoJo, however, Joe must look into the face of Melanie's murderer, only to discover that it's a human face after all. He is conflicted. The murderer's face, the Flosses' faces, the murderer, the Flosses . . . um, why are the Flosses sitting behind the defendant?! That's the kind of movie this is.

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