The big selling-point is Shanley’s theatrical dialogue, building a bubble-world by e.g. having consecutive conversations revolve around Love or Death – but even the expert writing reeked too much of expert writing this time (see e.g. the carefully-worked back-and-forth that culminates with “A bride without a head!”; “A wolf without a foot!”).
This was back when Nic Cage was good, maybe the only film of his I really enjoyed, besides Wild at Heart, Cher is endearing, and the supporting actors are charming, especially Danny Aiello as Cage's pathetic brother, and the old man with the dogs. I know it's a corny love story, but so what. Lovely shots of Brooklyn Heights. And it has my favorite opera in it, Tosca.
I fail to understand why this film had so many nominations or any at all...and worse, few wins! That strikes me for sure.
It was a tedious, unfunny, unengaging romantic comedy with clumsy acting and pedestrian humor. The insistent mentioning of the moon's influence by the horny grandpas made me cringe every time. Maybe it was funny in the 80s but it didn't age well...I'd go for Cher in 'Mermaids'.
I didn't know I loved Cher this much. She is purely amazing in this film! Also I used to dispise Nicolas Cage but here he actually reminds me of Ryan Gosling: the piercing blue eyes, the calm voice and just overall vibe. I totally enjoyed this movie :)
Sourires d'une nuit de pleine lune et tendres marivaudages dans le milieu traditionnel d'une famille italienne du quartier new-yorkais de Brooklyn. Une excellente comédie virevoltante et tendre, un peu longue à trouver son rythme de croisière, mais qui ensuite ronronne et ravit plaisamment les spectateurs... www.cinefiches.com