Moon follows a nuclear family (2 parents, 2kids) in the late 60s who venture off to their regular Jewish holiday camp at the time of Woodstock and the lunar landing.Marty (Live Schrieber) ends up working almost the whole time repairing TVs which leads to his bored wife Pearl (Diane Lane) having an affair with the roving clothes salesman. Despite some good acting from Lane and some fair performances the direction is uninspiring and the script is just another morality play churned out from Hollywood.
You can forsee the whole plot after the first 10 minutes. It’s a lesson that men should take a break every so often and look after their family, that wives who cheat risk losing their families and that 30-40 somethings who are disillusioned with life should put up with it and do their best for the next generation. Its full of cheesy little bits such as the fact that Marty sold his prize microscope to help support his single mum and that you know that Pearl is going to cheat when she wears free 60s style clothing gifts from the travelling salesman, meanwhile an old `wise’ woman insists on paying. Just in case you are missing the point Pearl waits for her lover like a hooker under a lamp on a dark lit street. Cringe-worthy material.
Just to stretch the point Pearl visits Woodstock and is further seduced by the radical 60s influence and just happens to be spotted by her daughter Alison (Anna Paquin) who at her age as is clearly pointed out is allowed to stray a little. The film doesn’t play on the Jewish angle a great deal but could be yet another comment that Jewish Orthodox followers need to adapt a little more to the current world and at the end Marty even tries to be hip, just to prove that this is possible without discarding his heritage or family. Marty’s main failure was the not-too terrible crime of working too hard whilst the woman who married into the clan clearly has weak morals.Overall just more right wing Hollywood propaganda. Go and see triple bill of Runaway Bride, October Sky and A Walk On The Moon and it will be obvious why Australia must maintain its own film industry! (Gawain McLachlan--filmnet.org.au)