The Man in the Moon (1991) - Drama, Romance

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A coming of age story set in the south of the U.S. when Elvis was King.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Sam Waterston, Tess Harper
Length: 99 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 17 out of 124 found boring (13.7%)

One-line Reviews (45)

Man in the Moon is both quaint and dreamy and a harsh coming of age film – a rather awkward combination?

Coming of Age Classic .

It was unpredictable throughout, and Reese may have given the best performance from a child I have ever seen!

Caution: boredom ahead .

Lots of excellent acting, and great dialogue made for a very enjoyable 2 hours.

He was perhaps the best possible choice to handle this material, given that he previously directed two other excellent period coming of age dramas: "To Kill a Mockingbird" (my second favourite film of all time) and "Summer of '42".

The slow pans are also well chosen and underscore that prevailing interior mood.

Except that most have ended up empty-handed...

Thus, despite not really having the scope or production value to be an "all-time classic" piece of cinema, "Man In The Moon" will tug at your heartstrings for its portrayal of those delicate, confusing, and incredibly exciting teenage years.

While the story does a credible job of engaging the viewer, it runs roughshod over any semblance of reality.

It is intense and I believe, the reason why the movie is so good.

The director was also responsible for "To Kill a Mockingbird", a coming of age classic.

For its last 25 minutes, it plays out a pointless consequence of manufactured conflict that takes a potentially great film and disappointingly dispatches it as little more than one-off melodrama and an unsatisfying resolution.

I think Reese Witherspoon was a great actress even in this film, her debut, and this is definitely worth watching!

With a wonderful cast, openly, heart-wrenchingly honest dialogue, and all the charm of being young, "The Man in the Moon" is an amazingly done coming of age story for people of all ages.

Really brilliant coming of age story .

As Dani, Reese Witherspoon makes a stunning film debut.

Far from being the best years of your life, your teenage years can be the longest, the most confusing and sometimes the most difficult years of your life.

But I found the story schmaltzy, unoriginal, fairly pointless, and way too syrupy for my taste.

An Emotionally-Charged Coming of Age Drama .

The emotions in this movie are really intense, I've never cried harder at a movie, and got so involved in the characters.

This is a very intense, and powerful movie, and deals with sibling rivalry, and should be seen by almost anyone who has kids or siblings.

My mom and I watched this film together, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

A great coming of age movie .

Coming of age comes early in Louisiana.

The main story follows a 14-year old girl (Reese Witherspoon) who develops a crush on a 17-year old neighbor (Jason London) who ends up falling for her older sister (Emily Warfield) and how an unexpected tragedy alters this family's dynamics forever.

All these movies go rather slow like those wide American plain rivers, each small event, each birth, wedding, illness is a quake for whole community.

From the first look on, Witherspoon's Danny was absorbing and real.

All members of the cast pull off great performances and with the dialogue of the compelling screenplay, they are enhanced into looking like real people in real situations.

The script's setup is way too long.

As I see it, Dani's coming of age means breaking down the barrier between her and older sister Maureen.

Whether predictable or not, and irrespective of ecclesiastical beliefs, this is a moving story, full of milieu and sensuality.

Every scene is vivid, and worth the watch just for the beauty of the countryside scenery.

By the time Maureen and Court finally go for a roll in the hay, they do it on the edge of the field Court has been plowing where anyone could walk up on them (Court's mother shows up to deliver his lunch only minutes later).

An intriguing tale that keeps the viewer's interest from beginning to end.

Its a coming of age film about growing up and love.

Adolescent romanticism that seemed buried in the cinema thanks to the ease and banality of new directors, is reborn in "THE MAN IN THE MOON" with all its grandeur and fascination, thanks to the force and the human depth of the director who gave the cinema before "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Summer of '42" and "Blood Brothers", movies that have already reserved a good spot in the annals of cinema.

a story of a young coming-of-age girl worth watching at least twice .

Witherspoon (15 at the time, playing a 14yo) in particular was pure enjoyment to watch -- she was convincing and engaging at the same time.

THE MAN IN THE MOON is a warm and moving coming of age drama centering around a farming family in the 1950's.

In the end, however, it's the stunning work of the precocious Reese Witherspoon that makes this movie for me.

I found it to be one of the most touching and enjoyable films I've watched in some time.

Many of us grow up with both joys and some pain, and there is an unexpected twist, that when it hits -- it hits hard.

One of the best coming of age films ever!!!.

i thought it was great and very realistic about a 14 yr olds coming of age feelings.