Sunday, July 02, 2006

Moonstruck (1987)

The romantic comedy Moonstruck focuses on Loretta Castorini, played by Cher, who falls for her fiancé’s brother Ronny Cammareri, played by Nicolas Cage, when Johnny Cammareri her fiancé is on a trip to Italy to visit his dying mother. Loretta is begins to fall for Ronny and struggle with her emotions regarding which man to choose.

Ronny Cammareri: You ruined my life.
Loretta Castorini: That's impossible! It was ruined when I got here! *You* ruined *my* life!

In one scene, Loretta invites Ronny to join her to go to the opera. This is where Loretta stumbles on her father out on a date with another woman, as she herself is out with another man. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Loretta’s strong-minded mother is also spending some quality time with another man. Essentially everyone in her life is leading double life and not being truthful. The movie is all about relationships. Mother/Daughter, Father/Daughter, and who you to choose to have relationships with.

In the midst of being surrounded by lies and fidelity. Loretta must make her mind up before Johnny returns.

I like the scene when the family is gathered around the kitchen table trying to formulate a plan of what to tell Johnny when he returns.

[Loretta accepts to marry Ronny instead of Ronny's brother Johnny, her ex-fiancé, in front of her family. Loretta's grandfather, the Old Man, starts to cry]

Cosmo Castorini: What's the matter, Pop?
Old Man: [crying] I'm confused!

Moonstruck is a great romantic comedy and still holds strong today. Norman Jewison directed Moonstruck the 1987 smash hit that won three Oscars, including Cher for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Olivia Dukakis for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and John Patrick Stanley for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, in addition to numerous other nominations and wins

When the moon hits your eye like a big-a pizza pie
That's amore
When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine
That's amore
-Dean Martin

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