Serious Moonlight


Comedy / Crime / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 24% · 38 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 25% · 2.5K ratings
IMDb Rating 5.3/10 10 8737 8.7K

Plot summary

A high-powered attorney duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before their home is invaded by burglars.

September 15, 2023 at 07:51 PM


Cheryl Hines

Top cast

Meg Ryan as Louise
Kristen Bell as Sara
Justin Long as Todd
Timothy Hutton as Ian
772.72 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 24 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by paul_haakonsen 7 / 10

A different comedy about being taped to a toilet...

This is one of the better movies I have seen this past month or so.

Meg Ryan puts on a marvelous performance as the slightly crazy wife doing whatever she can to make her husband love her.

This is a comedy unlike most other comedies out there. It had really good dialogue and some nice scenes. You just curl your toes at the extremes Meg Ryan's character goes to for making her husband stay with her. Now, it is not a comedy that will make you roll over laughing with tears streaming down your cheeks, but it is funny and have a very believable feel to it. You really get to feel for the characters of the movie.

I like Meg Ryan as an actress, and this is one of the better roles I have seen her portray in awhile. A good step away from the usual romantic comedies that she have been making.

Without giving away too much of the story, I found the plot to be very predictable. Very easy to figure out what happens early on and also easy to figure out how it will end - it is a Hollywood movie after all. And I am not just saying that because I am taped to a toilet!

Reviewed by rwdrex 7 / 10

A twisted Devito-like comedy.

If you enjoy films like "War of the Roses", you should like this one.

Basically this is a love-triangle story about a man (Tim Hutton) whose planning on leaving his wife (Meg Ryan) of 14 years for a much younger woman (Kristin Bell). The wife doesn't respond well and much inappropriate behavior follows.

Not much depth is written into these people but Ryan and Hutton do a rather spectacular job with their roles anyway. Special notice should be given to Justin Long's cameo as a thug. He seems to relish his small 'against type-cast' role. Unfortunately, Kristin Bell bores us with her very two-dimensional performance.

The plot tidies itself up rather too quickly from this twisted story, but at least we're not left with an overly long film. And the first hour is one of the darkest hours of film I've ever seen--in a good way.

If you've seen Adrienne Shelly's (the writer) other film, "Waitress", you'll be familiar with the style of this film. "Waitress" is a more complete movie with much more depth. However, Cheryl Hines--who took over for Shelly after her untimely death--does a commendable job.

I'm saddened to realize this will be the last work we see from the mind of Adrienne Shelly. As it stands, it's not a bad way to be remembered. A writer/director who had a flair for gracefully exploring people's darkest emotions and desires.

And no, I'm not just saying this because I'm strapped to a toilet!

P.S. This film is not a date flick;)

Reviewed by KissEnglishPasto 6 / 10

Despite some truly funny moments, SERIOUS Fumbles the Execution

Serious Moonlight won Best Film at the Orlando Film Festival. To be brutally honest, I think winning had much more to do with leads Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton, along with director Cheryl Hines, being far and away the most well-known participants, than it did with the quality (or relative lack thereof) of the film itself. Obviously, SERIOUS was adapted from or inspired by a play. Set in a house, in 5 brief acts; nearly half of the on-screen time is spent in the bathroom, of all places! The basic premise seems like a sure-fire winner: Not-so-successful, burned out husband decides to leave much more successful lawyer wife before she gets home from vacation, for his ditsy, twenty-something secretary. Returning home a day early, wife (Meg Ryan) catches hubby(Timothy Hutton) sneaking out in Stealth Mode. This apparently transports wife into the Twilight Zone, because, from that moment on, she exhibits the most un-attorney-like comportment imaginable! Totally losing touch with reality, she decides to "kidnap" husband until he has "retuned to his senses" and abandons the idea of abandoning her. Despite some genuinely funny moments, SERIOUS fumbles the execution. Novice Director Cheryl Hines (WAITRESS) introduced the film. She seems like a sweet, wonderful person; a more than competent actor; and a totally unimaginative, inexperienced and lackluster director. One sequence, halfway into the film, is particularly annoying: Husband and wife, tied up in the bathroom, enter into a prolonged argument. For what seems like an endless loop, the only shots/edits we get are ping-pong talking heads. That's it! Ms. Hines, should you somehow get another shot at directing, and the result is not noticeably superior...I suggest you permanently hang-up your director's cap! Timothy Hutton and a rejuvenated Meg Ryan both turn in commendable, but somewhat strained performances (The result of over-direction?) 2 things saved SERIOUS: A fair share of laugh-provoking moments, and acts 3 4.(Far superior to rest of film)

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