Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Under the Cherry Moon (1986)

"There's nothing in Miami except people who don't live there and drugs."

Under the Cherry Moon, an hour and 39 minutes of Prince looking fabulous and kissing.

I wouldn't expect any less from a man who wears a glitter suit. I'm also not surprised this man tried really, really hard to make this film look like a rip off of Casablanca. It was quite hard for me to see Prince as a womanizer. And that's exactly what Under the Cherry Moon is about, Prince playing the piano, fooling around with rich women, and complaining about how he can't pay the rent (but apparently can afford a glitter suit). Directed by Prince himself, the film tries too hard to mix ghetto fab with class. I guess he tried to make it stand over time, but I wouldn't call it a classic. And of course it's distinctly 80's, Prince is in it. Tricky (Jerome Benton) plays Prince's equally womanizing, wolf-whistling sidekick. It's grotesque and crude, and I don't understand how either of these two could end up mingling with high society in France, where the story takes place. Of course, it wouldn't be a movie starring Prince without him performing his own song in front of French elitists.

Love at first sight. Except if I ever saw a man wearing this and looking at me this way, I'd cry.

Personally, I wouldn't want to be with anyone that dressed better than me. Even if that man came in the form of Prince. I just couldn't do it. So props to Kristin Scott Thomas. However, I think the real relationship is between Christopher (Prince) and Tricky. They make a lot of references to being a marital couple, and give each other fashion advice. Oh, Tricky does call him "Girl" at one point.

Lovin the midriff.

I think every position in this film was done by someone that shouldn't be doing it. I was literally watching models and musicians pretend like they could kind of act. This is definitely something die hard Prince fans can't miss. The black and white effect definitely gave it a smoother appeal.

I did some research and was relieved to find that critics agreed with me.
Under the Cherry Moon won five Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Prince), Worse Director (Prince), Worst Supporting Actor (Jerome Benton), and Worst Original Song ( Love or Money). It was nominated for Worst New Star (Kristin Scott Thomas) and Worst Screenplay.


Vladigogo said...

The only person to come unscathed from this film is Kristin Scott Thomas who has gone on to some incredible film and stage work.

Anonymous said...

Critics are stupid but I'm going to stop short of labeling this review the same.

I like this film a lot. It's one of my favorites just because it's a fun, sexy story and doesn't try to hard to be a "serious" movie. I think Prince just wanted a really long music video and he pulls it off.

And when you think that every single note of music in this movie is penned by the guy who's playing in's really not bad at all. That piece where he's playing in the piano bar isn't even on the soundtrack and it's one of the finest pieces of music I've ever heard.

That's how I found your review, looking for that piece, but this film, overall, isn't as bad as you, or the critics make it out to be.