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
Some very adult scenes which are absolutely wonderful - just beautifully done (I'm sick of movies that have sex scenes just for the sake of it, and have nudity just for the sake of it - this movie is not like this - all the scenes are tastefully done and full of passion). Diane acts superbly as always - the movie is an old fashioned look at life, done beautifully, and well acted - highly recommend.
Diane Lane is fantastic in this movie. It is a coming of age movie for almost the characters. Her husband, her daughter and her lover alre forever changed by the events of the summer of 1969. The soundtrack is great, too.
A Walk on the Moon (1999) was an okay type of romance, indie movie. I considered this movie to be more of a controversial type of romantic drama than anything else. It definitely focuses on the theme of infidelity within a marriage from the wife's point of view. The overall presentation of the theme in this movie is well presented and the acting performances delivered were just good. However, I found this movie somewhat boring and subtle to my taste of cup of tea. Personally, I would not want to recommend this movie to other viewers. DEFINITELY, ONE IS BETTER OFF WATCHING DIRTY DANCING (A CLASSIC INDEED) !!
This movie was perfect for the era it was set in. Housewives who were prim and proper in the 50's are having to deal with the sexual freedom of the 60's. The backdrop of the first moon landing is an added touch because it brings you back to the time when our nation was entranced with the space program, as JFK really was, and the excitement it entailed. Diane Lane, as always, is fantastic. Subtle to the point of believability, she draws you into the inner turmoil her character is experiencing. Viggo, in one of the first movies that people really started to notice him, is perfectly cast as the traveling salesman who teaches her to let go of her inhibitions. Anna Pacquin plays the teenage daughter who is going through the angst that only a teenager could feel, and is surprised to learn that her mother is going through her own metamorphosis. This movie has just enough conflict to keep you interested without going overboard to the point of not being believable. I highly recommend it.
I felt conflicted about Diane Lane's character. She was hard for me to understand, but I also understood. I liked this movie because you just felt for all the characters. Strong performances. Made me cry. Good story. Viggo and Diane were hot!
Yet another self-absorbed housewife with a decent, hard-working husband sleeps with the local stud to fulfill her empty life. This time it happens in the Catskills. Haven't we seen this before? That said, the performances are universally good, the period feels about right and it's bound to be enjoyable at least on a nostalgia level.
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.