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Serious Moonlight (2009)

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

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Cheryl Hines

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Adrienne Shelly
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Meg Ryan ... Louise
Timothy Hutton ... Ian
Justin Long ... Todd
Kristen Bell ... Sara
Derek Carter ... Man #1
Bill Parks ... Man #2
Kimberlee Peterson ... Trashy Girl
Nathan Dean Nathan Dean ... Detective
Andy Ostroy Andy Ostroy ... Police Officer
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Storyline

Louise wants to find a way to reconnect with her husband, Ian, who is divorcing her after many years of marriage. But when she surprises him at their country home, she is more than slightly dismayed that the roses and romantic set-up are not for her but for his much younger mistress. Louise takes matters into her own hands, and abducts Ian duct-taping him to the toilet, where he must admit to his true feelings and he is unable to leave her. Things grow exceedingly awry for everybody when a burglar shows up at their house, and then everybody must discover and admit to their true feelings. Written by napierslogs

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a love/hate comedy.

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Rated R for language and some threatening behavior | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armadilhas do Amor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,636, 6 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,137, 27 December 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton co-started together before in the 1995 film French Kiss, in which the opening plot was similar; he was leaving her for another woman and she was trying to win him back. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Sara arrives and Louise has to tape Ian, the tape almost touches his left side-burn while, when coming back to the house the tape now is far from it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Louise: [on the phone] Michelle.
Michelle: Yeah?
Louise: I threw heck to the wind and drove up to the country a day early, want to surprise Ian, spend the long weekend with him. So, I need you to call Metler and tell him that the papers were filed yesterday and everything is fine, and I will talk to him first thing on Monday morning. Then call my dentist, cancel my appointment, and reschedule it for Tuesday afternoon. And then cancel my meetings for the rest of the day. You know what to do, that's why you ...
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits Timothy Hutton is referred to as Tim Hutton See more »

Connections

Referenced in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.30 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Getting Some Fun Out of Life
Written by Edgar Leslie and Joseph A. Burke
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
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Despite Some Genuinely Funny Moments, SERIOUS Fumbles the Execution.
1 August 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

...........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA....and ORLANDO, FL

Serious Moonlight won Best Film at the 2009 Orlando Film Festival. To be brutally honest, I think winning had more to do with leads Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton, along with director Cheryl Hines, being by far the most well-known participants, than it did with the quality(or relative lack thereof) of the film itself.

Obviously, SERIOUS was inspired/adapted by a play. Set in a house, in 5 brief acts; Half of all 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 more successful lawyer wife, before she gets home from vacation, for his ditsy, twenty-something secretary. Getting home a day early, wife(Meg Ryan) catches hubby(Timothy Hutton) sneaking out in Stealth Mode. This apparently transports wife to The Twilight Zone, because, from that moment on, she exhibits the most un-attorney-like comportment imaginable! 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 rather competent actor; and a totally unimaginative, inexperienced and lackluster director.

One sequence, midway into the film, is particularly annoying: Husband and wife, tied up in the bathroom, begin 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, if you somehow get another shot at directing, and the result is not noticeably superior, I suggest you hang-up your director's cap permanently! Timothy Hutton and a rejuvenated Meg Ryan both turn in commendable, but somewhat strained performances (Over-direction Perhaps?) Two things saved SERIOUS: A fair share of laugh-provoking moments; and acts 3 and 4.(Far superior to rest of film)

So, instead of 5*-IT GETS 6*.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!


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