|Rent This: A Walk on the Moon|
|by Marcy Dermansky|
You cant rent A Walk on the Moon on DVD, which is a shame, given that there is a new breed of people who want spiffy menus and extra features, film snobs who think wide screen or bust. Not many people saw this small lovely film in the theaters, and I fear not many are going to rent it on video. Dont fall into this trap. I recently watched "A Walk on the Moon" a second time at 4 am, a strange time to watch a movie, but I couldnt sleep and was at absolute odds about what to do with myself.
A Walk on the Moon stars Diane Lane as Pearl Kantrowitz, a Jewish housewife in 1969 who married at the age of seventeen and still curls her hair in the summer of love.
goes to the Catskills for the summer. Husband Liev Schreiber has to work
during the week, teenage daughter Anna Pacquin hates her parents, and
theres also the youngest son, a little boy who gets stung by wasps.
Pearl finds herself inexplicably attracted to the blouse man (Viggo Mortensen)
who sells his wears at the Catskills resort. The blouse man! He gives
her a tie dye shirt and touches her shoulder, and Pearls lost.
Liev Schreiber also turns in the most sympathetic portrait of a cuckolded husband available on film. The Summer of Love is handsomely recreated including the Neil Armstrong's moonwalk and the Woodstock festival. The music in the film is a delight, the soundtrack containing songs of Joni Mitchell, the Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan.
Don't worry about the missing fancy DVD menus and pop "A Walk on the Moon" into your VCR anytime.