LIGHT is an impor-
tant film. What's so odd about this is that the movie doesn't look, sound or act important. It's cer-
tainly not "artistic," but is rather a simple little journeyman effort in terms of style -- this is actress Cheryl Hines' first turn as director (she is shown just below) -- with perfectly acceptable cinema-
tography, editing, sound and other technical credits, plus good performances from its quartet ensemble that are quite suitable to the subject at hand. What it does with its subject, however, is what rings the bell.
That subject is love, which is up there with the most-overused and little-understood themes that movies come back to again and again. But Serious Moonlight is not about the entry-level phase -- the limerence part of the equation -- that most films prefer to tackle. Instead it goes right to the heart of love in a long-term relationship and asks what this means and how it might be salvaged when in trouble. In short: What does it take to make a man realize what a long-term, loving relationship is worth? Except that the movie doesn't ask the question outright. And this will probably confound a lot of critics (but not, I hope, the mature audience for whom this film is intended) into taking it at face value as a "crazy" comedy about a woman who discovers her husband's been cheating on her and literally ties him down until he comes to his senses.
ular continues to grow as an actress, taking on challenging roles and doing a lot with them (Against the Ropes, In the Land of Wo-
men, My Mom's New Boyfriend and the remake of The Women) even if the films themselves have proven lackluster or worse. Don't miss her and William H. Macy in the very clever and funny Holly-
wood satire The Deal (click here and then scroll down for my review), the best of her recent films (until this one) which, of course, went straight to video. Hutton, too, has one of his better roles here, and he plays to a tee the initially shoddy, then long-suffering, and then increasingly thoughtful husband.
ding to use as you watch the characters interacting. It will add yet another layer to the goings-on. To her everlasting credit, Ms Shelly refused to spell out her point. It's there, all right, big as life, as the Ryan character is faced with the knowledge that unless she does something huge and immediate, the relationship is going to dissolve. Yet this is an impossible situation for, really, how could anything, anyone save it?
larly Mr. Long, who is given more -- and more bizarre -- screen time.