Moonlight And Valentino

on September 29, 1995 by Pat Kramer
   A film that pulls at your heartstrings numerous times throughout its quirky, touching and emotional story, "Moonlight & Valentino" portrays the close and sometimes bittersweet relationships of four women. The death of the husband of a college poetry instructor (Elizabeth Perkins) brings her together with her younger sister (Gwyneth Paltrow), ex-stepmother (Kathleen Turner) and best friend and neighbor (Whoopi Goldberg). Singer Jon Bon Jovi has a small but significant role as a sexy housepainter, and his presence relieves the intensity of their emotions for a short while and adds a little "beefcake" to the story.
   Unfortunately, the film bites off more than it can chew with its four leads, all of whom are complex women caught up in their self-obsessions. Despite the volume of great talent, "Moonlight & Valentino" leaves too many loose ends and unexplained scenarios with its characters, forcing viewers to sort out the remains of their days for themselves.    Starring Elizabeth Perkins, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Turner and Gwyneth Paltrow. Directed by David Anspaugh. Written by Ellen Simon. Produced by Tim Bevin, Eric Fellner and Allison Owen. A Gramercy release. Drama. Not yet rated.
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