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At Theaters: 4/16/1999 On Video: 10/19/1999
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 049910
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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Pearl is having the time of her life - and she is finally becoming the person she always wanted to be. But when her foray to the Woodstock Festival in the arms of Walker Jerome results in a shattering family revelation, she must reconcile her old life with her new desires and dreams.

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Romantic Comedy - A Walk on the Moon is a character-based drama set during the summer of 1969. Adult viewers are most likely to appreciate the themes of the story, particularly those who may have a nostalgic remembrance of that particular year. Younger viewers and male viewers may find the story too slow or lacking in action. Viewers who enjoy solid writing, acting and characterizations will probably enjoy this family story.
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Diane Lane (Murder at 1600)
Viggo Mortensen (Psycho)
Liev Schreiber (Ransom)
Anna Paquin (She's All That)
Director: Tony Goldwyn (Actor - From The Earth to the Moon)
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PROFANITY: Strong and moderately frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Scenes of sexual activity, bare breasts
VIOLENCE: One scene of a man punching another man
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Scenes of drinking, smoking marijuana
COMEDY: Some character-based and situational comedy

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Above Average
Although it's a coming-of-age film set during the summer of 1969, A Walk on the Moon is not nearly as self-absorbed or Big Chill-y as you might expect. It's actually a fairly sensitive story of a young mother exploring the things she thought she could never have, and an interesting look at the unique world of the Catskills resorts. If not for an underdeveloped sub-plot involving the lead character's teenage daughter, A Walk on the Moon might have been a real winner. As it stands, it's still a more mature than usual exploration of real emotions and relationships.

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It is the summer of 1969. The Apollo Mission is on its way to the moon. The war in Vietnam - and the war against it at home - are raging. Flower power is in, the Establishment is out. Yet life hasn't changed one bit for Pearl Kantrowitz (Diane Lane), a beautiful, young housewife who feels like these catalytic times are passing her by. Far from getting turned on and tuned out, she's been busy raising children and being a faithful wife.

This summer, while others are on their way to march on Washington and to find enlightenment in India, Pearl is en route to Dr. Fogler's Bungalows, a Catskills summer resort where Sinatra, keeping kosher and kvellhing are the order of the day. But what lies ahead is her own season of sensuous discovery and tumultuous changes. In this summer of love, the Kantrowitz family is about to explore exactly what love means.

Pearl brings in tow her urgently adolescent daughter Alison (Anna Paquin) and her precocious young son Daniel, as well as their meddling yet eerily prophetic grandmother (Tovah Feldshuh). But staying behind is her husband Marty (Liev Schreiber), an admittedly square but devoted television repairman to whom Pearl fears she was married far too young and far too soon.

At Dr. Fogler's Bungalows, the world is normally kept at bay. The only outside visitors are travelling salesmen who show up each day with something special for the ladies. There's the "Knish Man," "The Ice Cream Man" and then there's "The Blouse Man," who drives his eagerly-awaited bus filled with women's fashions to the resort.

This year, there's a new "Blouse Man": Walker Jerome (Viggo Mortenson), a charming and quietly seductive hippie whose compliments make even the old grandmothers on vacation feel sexy. In spite of herself, Lane is drawn as if by a magnet to Walker Jerome. His uninhibited life style inspires her and his simmering sexuality intrigues. Soon, she is doing the unthinkable: wearing tie-dye, skinny dipping and having a dangerous and sexually daring affair.

Pearl cannot help herself even as she begins to realize the consequences of her intense attraction - and even as she tries to stop Alison from indulging her own sexual stirrings. Pearl is having the time of her life - and she is finally becoming the person she always wanted to be. But when her foray to the Woodstock Festival in the arms of Walker Jerome results in a shattering family revelation, she must reconcile her old life with her new desires and dreams.

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