The personal turning points of a family in crisis are portrayed against the backdrop of one of America's most tumultuous summers in this drama. In 1969, Pearl Kantrowitz (Diane Lane) is spending the summer at a resort in the Catskills. Married to TV repairman Marty (Liev Schreiber) and the mother of two children, respectably middle-class Pearl feels trapped by domestic life and inwardly lusts after a traveling salesman named Walker (Viggo Mortensen). When Marty is called back to the city one weekend, Pearl impulsively arranges to meet Walker at a music festival going on in nearby Bethel, New York -- The Woodstock Music and Art Fair. However, Pearl doesn't realize that her teenage daughter Alison (Anna Paquin) has secret plans of her own, and when mother and daughter meet in the midst of hippiedoms's most celebrated moment, both have a lot of explaining to do, to each other and to Marty. A Walk On The Moon was produced in part by Dustin Hoffman, and premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
I was very disappointed with the film. The only time the characters engaged me was toward the end when the husband (Liev Schreiber) learns what his wife had done. Also the effects on the children was disturbing. Otherwise I found it to be very pedestrian, and I am a huge Diane Lane fan.
I have seen it twice. once back in 1999 and again in 2010. It was magical both times! It was fun to visit Woodstock in this film. A young mother who feels trapped in her life, meets a flamboyant sexy man, who is the opposite of her husband. And the Woodstock Festival is just around the corner...
This is a reprise of Diane Lane's spectacular performance as the unfaithful wife in the movie of the same name. This is not as powerful a portrayal but still very well done. A chick flick for sure but the quality of the performances and depth of the story make it enjoyable for both genders in a mature audience; especially those from New York, familiar with the reputation of the Catskills and "Woodstock" an event that epitomized the culture revolution of the Vietnam era. Definitely not for the kiddies if your concerned about nudity and s_x scenes that border on soft p__n (the guide won't let me spell out the "bad" words)
I just never could really believe Diane Lane's character in this movie. I think she did an okay job of acting, but the movie never went into depth enough about why she acted the way she did. There just wasn't enough reasoning behind it based on the storyline or lack of development.
Lieve Schreiber did a great job with his role, and Viggo's character was somewhat believable as the tempting hippy-go-lucky kind of guy that Diane's character falls for. If you miss this movie, then you won't be missing much.
If you're looking for a romantic comedy date movie, this may be a little too heavy in some ways. If you view wives cheating on their husbands as a bad thing, you probably won't find this all that uplifting. That said, this movie is very well acted and directed and worth a watch.