A Walk on the Moon (1999)


“There’s no such thing as a nice sixteen year old boy.” – Marty Kantrowitz

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – While on vacation in the Catskills during the summer of 1969, an unhappy housewife meets a free spirited man and begins an affair.

My Take on it – This is a film that I new nothing about yet was drawn to it because of its stars Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen and Liev Schrieber.

They give us an intriguing premise, yet fail to make it work on any level.

The chemistry between the two leads is luke warm at best and that makes things even harder to take seriously and believe that it could really happen this way, let alone a whirlwind affair like the one shown here.

The story itself is quite shallow and they attempt to prove things to us via visuals instead of through intellectual means.

They do a nice job showing the lifestyle of families who travel to the Catskill mountains every summer, but there are some aspects of things that they take a bit too far and it feels borderline insulting because of the way that the depict characters and events in very stereotypical manners.

The film also doesn’t stay focused on this relationship but adds in an aspect of teenage rebellion.

Unfortunately, they can’t find the right balance between the two ideas which are so far removed from one another and any form of comparison doesn’t work at all.

The overall premise is one that has been tried so often before and since and this depiction just isn’t convincing enough in the way they show things.

Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that fails to work on any level. The chemistry between the two leads isn’t all that great and that makes it even harder to believe their whirlwind affair which is presented quite unrealistically. The story tries too hard to convince via visuals instead of trying to make us believe on an intellectual level.  The film does a nice job of depicting the way that families traveled to the Catskills over the summer, but in certain instances, they take things a bit too far and turn some of the events and characters into stereotypes.  The film tries to balance the rebellion of a teenager and her mother at the same tie and that drags things down because there is no real comparison between these two very different kinds of rebellion.  The overall premise isn’t very unique and fails to work on so many levels.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Diane Lane commented in an interview, “If Viggo and I convince people we’re enjoying every second of that encounter [in the waterfall] we’ve really done our job as actors. It was freezing in that river. The water was filled with debris and cigarette butts and the rocks were covered in little worms.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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