My Love Of Moonstruck

I love the movie, Moonstruck.

And I love this movie for so many reasons. I love the story, the cast, the direction, and also the fact that it takes place in and around my favorite city on the east coast. Additionally, this film highlights some of the music from my favorite Puccini opera, La Boheme.

Moonstruck is without a doubt the most brilliant depiction of what it’s like to be part of an Italian-American family. It's PASSIONATE.

And what’s really ironic is that the screenwriter, John Patrick Shanley, comes from an Irish-American background, but has always held an affinity for all things Italian.

Every time I watch this film, I can actually feel myself inside the home of the Castorini’s having an acute olfactory sense memory of tomato sauce with garlic simmering on the stove. The house itself reminds me of the home in which my biological mother’s side of the family grew up in. Everything down to the old family photos sitting amongst the half full Chianti wine bottles, to the hand crochet dolies draped over the backs of the living room chairs. The house in this film truly reflects an Italian residence.

This is a film you can literally TASTE with all your senses.

Not only is Moonstruck a humorous, touching and charming tale that weaves three love stories together due to a night of a full moon, but it also gives an accurate underlining example of how the wife of an Italian household is a matriarch.

In many Italian families, it’s the wife who takes care of the family jewels. The husband may THINK he does because he owns the testicles, but it’s the wife who HOLDS them.

And trust me, back when I was a kid, on both sides of my family it was the women who ruled the roost.

But I have to tell you, it worked for them. Because the husbands were happy just going to work and bringing home the bacon and paying the bills; playing cards and smoking cigars with their Italian buddies on the weekends, while the wife took care of everything else. And that included most of the decision making.


Even though I thoroughly enjoy each and every character in this movie, the role of wife/mother Rose Castorini (portrayed by Olympia Dukakis) is my favorite. She flawlessly embodies her character; showing us every little nuance of serious concern over her husbands’ extramarital affair, but also garnishes it with humor. I also think the character of Rose has some of the best lines in the film.

She wonders, “Why do men chase women? And why do men need more than one woman?”

Only to discover it’s because they fear DEATH.

In the final scene, in front of the whole family, Rose confronts her husband telling him that she knows of his infidelity, sternly saying, “I want you to stop seeing her, Cosmo.”

Whereupon, Cosmo stands up, takes both his hands and SLAMS them down on the kitchen table, saying, “O-kay.”

Then Rose says, “And go to confession.”

Finito.

That’s all she had to say, and the problem was solved.

Because she was the matriarch.

*I would like to conclude this post by leaving you with a short video clip from one of my favorite scenes in the movie. And it was hard for me to pick ONE scene, because I love so many.

I give you….. “What the hell happened to you?”



Have a terrific weekend everyone!
And Happy Mother’s Day to all you awesome ladies!
 X

53 comments

  1. Leesa GarciaMay 11, 2012

    Hiya Ron...


    GREAT review and reflection into this AMAZING and HILARIOUS... heartwarming film.. I just LOVED it.. one of my favs.. I agree with you -- there are so many different elements going on in this movie..
    I LOVE the characters and feel like I want them to be MY family...
    I adore share and I think my fav. too, is Olympia.. She's just MAGNIFICENT and such and amazing woman/actress...

    I think I'll have to watch it again over the weekend...

    Nice to read your blog again.. it's been a LONGGGGGGGG WHILE since I've been blogging and reading.. but I think I'm back again.. It's good to be back..

    You're still one of my FAVS!!

    Have a great weekend...

    Hugs,
    Leesa

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  2. La Boheme... Italian... oh wow, I've got to see this film. I must check if it's on DVD. From your description I just KNOW I'll love it.

    Thanks for the Mother's Day wishes, Ron. I had to check my diary to see if it was Mother's Day over here and it is. Heehee why didn't I know that?

    I can't believe it's Friday already, hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Gotta Love that Brooklyn Accent ! And the unmistakable express-train of words: "You gotta love bite on yo neck he's comin this mornin what's the mater with you your life is going down the toilet COVER UP DAMN THING and put some make up on it"

    Moonstruck is where Cher taught a lot of us how to make Eggs in a Basket !

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  4. PEARL NAYLORMay 11, 2012

    I haven't seen the film but I will look out for it now Ron. We had Mother's Day in March but thankyou anyway. xx

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  5. Ok, this is crazy, Ron! Middle Child JUST watched this movie in her english comp class last week!!!! I haven't watched the movie since it came out, so it was fun to read her essay about it and see what she picked out as the highlights! And she mentioned the music, like you! Two thumbs up from her (and she has trouble following adult themes sometimes, so there must have been something very special for her to say she liked it that much).

    Thanks for such a fun Mother's Day post, Ron! Enjoy your weekend and lots of hugs sent via you to your mom!!!

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  6. Rob LenihanMay 11, 2012

    Snap out of it! Hey, Ron, how's it going? You know, it's been years since I've seen "Moonstruck" and your post has inspired me to see it again. I'm finding now that when I watch a movie or a play for a second time I see tons of things I missed the first time around. And, heck, I grew up in Brooklyn, the son of an Italian American mother, so "Moonstruck" is required viewing for me. I'd like to recommend another Italian-American themed film (if you haven't seen it already, of course) called "Two Family House." I absolutely loved this picture! I'd be curious to know what you think of it. Have a great weekend, buddy!

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  7. Smusen63May 11, 2012

    I haven't watched that in years...wonder if it's on Netflix! Might be my weekend plan, thanks,

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  8. "Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose!" "Who's dead?" haha

    "It's Cosmo's moon" ... that scene was so good too, in Raymond and Rita Cappomaggi's bedroom when he's standing by the window and she say how he looks about 25 years old.

    "Old man, you give those dogs another piece of my food and I'll kick ya 'til you're dead" LOL!


    OH Ron, I could recite half the movie right here. So many good lines and scenes! It's one of my very favorites!! I watch atleast a few scenes every time it's on. And it's has been running on one of the movie stations lately. We were just watching it the other night! (Of course, I have it on DVD too!)

    Thanks for the good wishes. I don't know what we're doing. It's up to me to decide and I haven't come up with anything... yet.
    Hope you have a nice weekend also, and wish your mom a Happy Mother's Day for me. xo

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  9. *waving*

    Helloooooooooo Leesa!

    Sooooooooooo great to see ya!

    "there are so many different elements going on in this movie.. "

    You are soooo right! I just recently purchased the DVD Deluxe Edition of this film, which includes a faaabulous documentary where the screenwriter and director talked about the making of Moonstruck, and all the behind the scene elements that went into creating this masterpiece. The documentary is as GOOD as the film itself! They also had interviews with MANY of the actors and actresses who were in the film. It was fascinating!

    Glad to hear you're back blogging again. Hope all is well and that you're enjoying this Spring!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    (((( You ))))

    X

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  10. Good morning Valerie~

    Being someone who loves all things Italian, I think you would REALLY relish this film. It truly is one of the most accurate depictions of an Italian-American family. It's both humorous and very touching.

    It's funny because many years after I saw this film, I was actually casted in a production of La Boheme with Orland Opera Company in Florida. I had two singing lines in Act II. It was one of the most THRILLING experiences of my career. The music from this opera is stunning!

    "Thanks for the Mother's Day wishes, Ron. I had to check my diary to see if it was Mother's Day over here and it is. Heehee why didn't I know that?"

    You are so welcome. And I just read in Pearl's comment that in UK you celebrated Mother's Day back in March. So Happy Belated Mother's Day!!!!

    I know, can you BELIEVE how fast this week has gone? I've been so busy at work in retail with Mother's Day, that the week FLEW by!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have wonderful weekend!

    X

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  11. Hey there Jaffer~

    "Gotta Love that Brooklyn Accent !"

    HA! Don't ya just LOVE the Brooklyn accents???? And it's funny you mentioned that because the actress who plays the 'aunt' in this film was also the dialect coach for all the other actors and actresses. In the documentary included in the DVD, Cher and Olympia Dukakis said that they NEVER thought they would 'get' the accent right, but they DID!

    ""You gotta love bite on yo neck he's comin this mornin what's the mater with you your life is going down the toilet COVER UP DAMN THING and put some make up on it"

    Bwhahhaahahahahaha! OMG....don't you just LOVE that line????

    "Moonstruck is where Cher taught a lot of us how to make Eggs in a Basket !"

    Every time I watch that scene, it makes me SO hungry for one of those things!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy! Have a terrific weekend!

    X

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  12. Good morning Pear~

    You will LOVE it, I just know!

    Happy Belated Mother's Day, m'dear!

    (((( You ))))

    Have a stunning weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  13. I hate to admit it, but I've never seen this movie. I had also never seen Mask until two weeks ago, when Tara dragged out her VHS copy (hahaha...I know, right?!?!) and put it on. I have to say, the woman who sang so convincingly about gypsies, tramps and thieves did a pretty bang-up acting job in that one. Guess I'll have to add Moonstruck to my Netflix queue and catch that one, too (even if you DID just give away the ending!!).

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  14. Hey there Bijoux~

    "Middle Child JUST watched this movie in her english comp class last week!!!!"

    OMG...how IRONIC is that?!?!?!

    Soooooo glad to hear that your daughter enjoyed this film! I think this is a film that can be enjoyed by ALL generations and age groups, because the theme is timeless. It's all about LOVE.

    I just recently purchased the DVD Deluxe Edition of this film a few days ago, which is WHY I had to share this post. Once again, I was reminded of how much I LOVED it!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a glorious weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

    (((( You )))))

    X

    P.S. and thank you for your hugs to my mom!

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  15. Hey there Rob~

    "Snap out of it!"

    HAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! One of the GREATEST moments in the film!

    "I'm finding now that when I watch a movie or a play for a second time I see tons of things I missed the first time around."

    Meeee too! And as MANY times as I've seen this film, I still see things I never noticed before! This movie has so many wonderful little nuances sprinkled throughout, that it's hard to catch it the first time.

    " And, heck, I grew up in Brooklyn, the son of an Italian American mother, so "Moonstruck" is required viewing for me."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You said it, bud! And I was so thinking of you and my other Brooklyn readers while putting this post together. I found some awesome photos of the house they used in this film where the Castorini's lived in Brooklyn. That house was HUGE!

    Thank you so much for the movie recommendation because I've not heard of that film. Yes, I will see if I can find it in F.Y.E. and let you know what I think.

    Have a SUPA' weekend, Rob! And thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  16. Good morning Suzi~

    Yup....I bet they will have it on Netflix!

    Get yourself a nice bottle of red wine and enjoy!

    Salute'!

    Have a wonderful weekend and Mother's Day!

    X

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  17. Mary, I had remembered you saying at one time how MUCH you loved this film, so I was very much thinking of YOU while putting this post together!

    ""Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose!" "Who's dead?" haha"

    Bwhahahahahahaha! Is that NOT the most HILARIOUS moment? OMG....I don't care how many times I watch this film, that part makes me HOWL every time!

    "Old man, you give those dogs another piece of my food and I'll kick ya 'til you're dead" LOL!"

    Bwhahahhahahahaha! Yes, another great moment! And it's funny you mentioned that brilliant line because I was ALMOST going to select that scene for the closing of this post. Olympia Dukakis truly has the BEST lines in this film!

    "And it's has been running on one of the movie stations lately. We were just watching it the other night! (Of course, I have it on DVD too!)"

    I just recently purchased the DVD Deluxe Edition of Moonstruck a few days ago and have watched it THREE times already! This one of those films that you can pop into the DVD player and watch certain scenes over and over and over. My favorite part of the DVD is the special featured documentary on the making of Moonstruck. I found it so hard to believe that Nicolas Cage was almost not selected for the part of Ronnie. If it hadn't been for Cher insisting that he get the part or she wouldn't do the film, he would have not gotten it. And he was perfect for Ronnie!

    "Hope you have a nice weekend also, and wish your mom a Happy Mother's "

    Thank you, my friend!

    Wishing you a HAPPY, HAPPY Mother's Day weekend!

    (((( You )))))

    X

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  18. Hey Mark~

    "I hate to admit it, but I've never seen this movie. I had also never seen Mask until two weeks ago, when Tara dragged out her VHS copy (hahaha...I know, right?!?!) and put it on."

    OMG...being the huge movie lover that you are, I cannot BELIEVE you haven't seen Moonstruck or hadn't seen Mask!?!?

    Please watch Moonstruck because I have a feeling you will LOVE it! And wasn't Mask faaaaaaaabulous?? Cher was freakin' amazing in that film! I honestly like Cher more for acting than her singing. I think she sings well, but her acting blows me out of the water. She's such a natural!

    And she's a Taurus like you, did you know that?

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a faaaaabulous weekend!

    X

    P.S. oh, and please tell Tara that I too have TONS of movies on VHS!!!!

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  19. Ron, I adore Moonstuck as well! And even though my heritage is Latin, I can really indentify with how Italians are because both Latins and Italians seem to share the same passion for things - we're very emotion people.

    Cher looked so beautiful in this film, didn't she. And yes, the character of Rose is also my favorite.

    Now that you shared this post, I feel like I want to watch it again.

    Have a great weekend, Ron.

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  20. Hola Denise~

    Yes!!! I have several close Latin-American friends, so I can see the MANY similarities we share. Both cultures seem to have the same passions for things like, food, wine, and the interplay between family members. And yes, by all means...our passionate EMOTIONS - HA!

    "Cher looked so beautiful in this film, didn't she."

    OMG, yes! She GLOWED! And not only after she had her hair and makeup makeover in the film, but also while she was still the plainer Loretta Castorini. To me, Cher never looked better than in this film.

    "Now that you shared this post, I feel like I want to watch it again."

    Enjoy it, girl!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Ciao....X

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  21. I have to say that out of all Shanley's more humorous screenplays, 'Moonstuck' is my favorite. There is something extra-special about this film because he captured the pure essence of the Italian-American. Especially in NY.

    The movie 'Doubt' is my favorite more dramatic screenplays of his. Brilliant film!

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  22. Hey there Matt~

    I agree, there IS something extra-special about this film. I've seen several of Shanley's plays onstage and he's also an excellent play write. In fact, that's how he started out.

    "The movie 'Doubt' is my favorite more dramatic screenplays of his. Brilliant film!"

    OMG....you said it, brilliant! I only saw "Doubt" about a year ago on DVD and was blown away! Was that ending phenomenal or what?

    Thanks for stopping back, Matt! Have a grrrrrreat weekend!

    X

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  23. hou07grlMay 11, 2012

    love this movie too!! Cher was brilliant. Olivia was brilliant. All of it worked perfectly. The final scene with the whole cast of characters around the kitchen table is so memorable. thanks for sharing this smile and the homage to moms! xoxo diane

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  24. I love that movie too! I love Olympia Dukakis no matter what role she plays! Have a fabulous weekend.

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  25. Hiya Peg~

    "I love Olympia Dukakis no matter what role she plays!"

    I soooooooo agree! She was flawless in "Steel Magnolia's" wasn't she?

    And to think that she didn't want to take on the role of Rose in "Moonstuck" because she didn't feel that she was right for the part, yet ending up winning an OSCAR!

    Have a fabulous weekend, dear friend. And HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to you!!!!

    ((((You))))

    X

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  26. Hey there Diane~

    " All of it worked perfectly."

    I agree. It was one of those films that will end up being a classic for eternity!

    "The final scene with the whole cast of characters around the kitchen table is so memorable."

    Wasn't it though? And it's so typical of Italian families to sit around the table and have emotion discussions while eating!

    My family did the same thing - HA!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Much X to you and Cristybella!

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  27. i agree, great review and description. i have NOT seen this movie, though i'm sure it came on TV several times. i'm not much of a TV/movie person, i have no interest in most of the stuff out there. i know, i'm weird. ;)

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  28. Hey there ladyV~

    Thanks, girl!

    "i have NOT seen this movie, though i'm sure it came on TV several times. i'm not much of a TV/movie person, i have no interest in most of the stuff out there. i know, i'm weird."

    No, I don't think you're weird at all because I'm the same way when it comes to TV. I honestly couldn't tell you what shows are on TV because I never watch it. The only reason I even have a TV at all is so that I can watch movies, shows, documentaries that I CHOOSE to watch.

    But I'll tell ya, if you ever want to watch a GREAT movie, try Moonstruck because it's such a faaaaaabulous story!

    Thanks for stopping by, V! Have a super weekend!

    X

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  29. Rose is my favorite role in Moonstruck too! Olympia did a wonderful job. I haven't seen this movie in quite awhile, but after reading your review it's got me all jived to watch it again. Being Italian and also a native New Yorker this movie really hits the mark. And you're right, the wives in Italian families are the roost rulers. Just ask my mother haha!

    Nice review!

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  30. Howdy Robert~

    "Rose is my favorite role in Moonstruck too! Olympia did a wonderful job."

    Amen! And to think she had doubts about taking the role because she thought she wasn't 'right.' And then won an Academy award for it!

    I just recently purchased the Deluxe Edition of Moonstruck and had a blast watching the special features on how they made the film. It was so fascinating!

    "And you're right, the wives in Italian families are the roost rulers. Just ask my mother haha!"

    See! What did I tell ya!

    Thanks for stopping by, bud. Hope you're enjoying a super weekend!

    Salute'!
    X

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  31. Oh gosh....it's been eons since I've seen this one. Truth is, I can't even call up the plot it's been that long. *sigh*
    But I remember that I liked it! LOL Yeah......not sure why, I'm not Italian. I don't think I am......unless the milkman was and I just don't know it..... :-/

    I'm pretty sure I had this one on VCR.
    OMG.....I don't even think we own a working VCR player, and I'm pretty sure I don't have a clue where the VCR tapes went off to...(but I'm thinkin' I can guess...)

    NOR do I know where the comment I left on Friday went off to....but that seems to be a repeating issue for me.
    I think it's called 'I forget to push post!', quite frankly.
    *sigh* I think that actually (sadly) might be true...

    Full moon! That's what happened, I'm sure of it.....or was that last week.....

    LOL
    Ya'll need to feel sorry for me--clearly I'm a HOT MESS for some reason, huh?

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  32. You are probably not going to believe this....I have never seen this movie! NEVER! I wanted to rent it, but for some reason I never have...you have now given me a reason to...I loved the review and the preview!! Two of my favorite actresses!! Thank you so much for that fabulous review and I wanted to also wish your mom a very Happy Mother's Day today.
    xo
    Jeanne

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  33. dianne777May 13, 2012

    one of the ways I know a movies has touched me is that years later I can still recite dialog

    like Cher slapping Nick Cage and saying "Get over it it!"
    or Olympia telling her husband that he's still going to die even if he cheats to beat death
    or when she tells Grandpa that if he feeds the dogs off her bowls again she will beat him to death
    and when Grandpa tells the dogs to howl, just howl at the moon

    it goes on and on

    a priceless movie

    love ya

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  34. Helloooooooo Jeanne~

    Well, getting to know you over this past year, I can tell that if/when you see this film, you're gonna LOVE it.

    It's got everything....humor, insight, and....even lots of cute DOGGIES!

    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO YOU, DEAR LADY!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for you MD wish for my mother.

    (((( You ))))

    Have a great day!

    X to you and your girlz!

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  35. Hiya Mel~

    "But I remember that I liked it! LOL Yeah......not sure why, I'm not Italian. I don't think I am......unless the milkman was and I just don't know it..... :-/"

    Bwhahahahahhahahaha! HILARIOUS!

    I think even if someone is not Italian, they would still enjoy this film because it's truly about LOVE - and love is universal.....x

    Funny you mentioned VHS because I originally had this film on VHS too, but just recently purchased it on DVD.

    "NOR do I know where the comment I left on Friday went off to....but that seems to be a repeating issue for me.
    I think it's called 'I forget to push post!', quite frankly."

    No, I don't think it's anything YOU did, because about four days ago, Disqus had a technical glitch and something was up with my comments. Thank you for mentioning that because I think it may have happened to several of my readers. Thank you for stopping by to recomment.

    ((((( You ))))))

    Wishing you a HAPPY, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, dear lady!

    X ya bunches!

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  36. Hey there Lady Dianne~

    "one of the ways I know a movies has touched me is that years later I can still recite dialog."

    You said!

    "or when she tells Grandpa that if he feeds the dogs off her bowls again she will beat him to death."

    Bwhahahahhahahahahaha! OMG, is that NOT one of the best scenes in this movie???

    I just recently purchased the Deluxe Edition of this film on DVD and have watched it a MILLION times already!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Di! Hope you're having a flawless weekend!

    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO YOU!!!!

    ((((( You )))))

    X and hugs to you and Hope!

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  37. ...All I can say is "wow"! What a stunning review of a movie, sadly, I've yet to see. I will definitely have to rent this one and honestly I don't know how I missed it.

    ...And really, who doesn't love Cher? ;o)

    ...I love the part about the infidelity. In all honesty Ron, that is the very thing that has knocked me down recently. I just found out two weeks ago and that is why I've been absent from the blogging scene recently. It's so hard to type those words and I wish I had the strength of Rose Castorini regarding this issue. I also want to say 'thank you' for the sweetest of words over at my place recently. You embody the true definition of the word "friend". Your words and your friendship mean more to me than you'll ever know Ron. For that I am grateful. Again, thank you.

    ...On a much, much lighter note - your blog is AWESOME! Just when I thought it couldn't get any better you've gone fabulously over. the. edge. I love this and needless to say, this is so YOU! Just love it. Great job Ron! :o)

    ...Wishing you & your Mom a most wonderful and joy-filled Mother's Day!

    ...(((you)))

    ...Blessings :o)

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  38. *waving with happiness*

    Good Morning Dear TJ~

    It's soooooooo great to see ya back blogging, dear lady. You have been so missed! I hope you're feeling better.

    If you ever get a chance to see this movie, I think you will REALLY love it. It's one of those movies that makes your heart swell with HUMOR and LOVE.

    And yes, don't you just love Cher? She's such a wonderful actress.

    "..I love the part about the infidelity. In all honesty Ron, that is the very thing that has knocked me down recently. I just found out two weeks ago and that is why I've been absent from the blogging scene recently. It's so hard to type those words and I wish I had the strength of Rose Castorini regarding this issue."

    I am so sorry hear that, dear lady.

    I too went through this with my longtime partner in NYC many years ago, so I know that heartache very well. But finally, I had had enough and walked away because I knew I deserved more. But also know that that's not always easy to do.

    Glad you enjoy my new blog design. It was a lot of hard work, but I'm so glad I did it.

    "Wishing you & your Mom a most wonderful and joy-filled Mother's Day!"

    Thank you....x

    Please know that I'm sharing MUCH strength and love with you during this time.....

    (((((xxxx You xxxx)))))

    Thank you so much for stopping by and for your friendship!

    You're a sweetheart!

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  39. That does look fun! I've never heard of it, but I might have to look out for it, now!

    We had hand crocheted lace doilies on the back of our chairs when I was growing up. Does that make me an honorary Italiana?

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  40. Hey there Jay~

    Welcome back, my friend! Hope you had a faaabulous time in Venice!

    OMG...knowing how much you enjoy speaking Italian and visiting Italy, you would you LOVE this film even though it's more about Italian-Americans versus pure Italians.

    "We had hand crocheted lace doilies on the back of our chairs when I was growing up. Does that make me an honorary Italiana?"

    HA! It SURE does!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Jay! Hope you had a great weekend!

    X

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  41. Oh yes. This is one of THE BEST MOVIES, ever!

    "The house in this film truly reflects an Italian residence." AGREED!

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  42. hi ron...you have so much I have comments on but I cannot type right now nor be on computer. I wanted to let you know in case I was seeming to ignore your recent posts!! I'm not but...

    xox & hope soon to get the prob. fixed.

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  43. Hey Meleah~

    I KNEW you (being half Italian) would FEEL and LOVE this film!

    Hope you had an AWESOME Mother's Day, girl!

    LOVED your video!

    X

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  44. Hey there Linda!

    No worries, dear friend!

    Hope you're feeling better and that you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

    (((( You ))))

    xoxoxoxoxo

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  45. whenpigsflyMay 15, 2012

    I have not seen this film in years. I have to say that I think Cher is a fabulous actress. I have to wonder how I would have turned out if I had grown up in a household with a strong female influence. I do think it would have done me a world of good.
    I may just have to rent this soon. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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  46. Hey Jen~

    Isn't this faaaaaaabulous? Every couple of months, I like to watch again. It's one of those films that I never get tired of seeing!

    And yes, isn't Cher the BOMB? She's a NATURAL born actress!

    "I have to wonder how I would have turned out if I had grown up in a household with a strong female influence. I do think it would have done me a world of good."

    It's funny because my fathers' mother was a VERY strong matriarch in their family, which I think really bothered my father because he naturally felt that the MAN should rule the roost - HA!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  47. Tara CutlerMay 20, 2012

    I only saw this movie once and it was years ago...before I could fully appreciate Olympia and Cher. Ditto what Mark said..its going on the Netflix queue!

    And then I'll start looking for a VHS copy to add to my collection. ;-)

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  48. Hey Tara~

    This is such a great movie to sit down and have a nice glass of wine and some pasta, while watching!

    I too saw this movie YEARS ago, but it's one of those films I can watch over and over, and laugh every time.

    "And then I'll start looking for a VHS copy to add to my collection. ;-)"

    HA! I bet you and I are the only two people on this planet who STILL VHS tapes!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl!

    Ciao....X

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  49. P.S. Ciao, baby! X

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  50. I have to say that out of all Shanley's more humorous screenplays, 'Moonstuck' is my favorite. There is something extra-special about this film because he captured the pure essence of the Italian-American. Especially in NY.

    The movie 'Doubt' is my favorite more dramatic screenplays of his. Brilliant film!

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  51. Hey there Matt~

    I agree, there IS something extra-special about this film. I've seen several of Shanley's plays onstage and he's also an excellent play write. In fact, that's how he started out.

    "The movie 'Doubt' is my favorite more dramatic screenplays of his. Brilliant film!"

    OMG....you said it, brilliant! I only saw "Doubt" about a year ago on DVD and was blown away! Was that ending phenomenal or what?

    Thanks for stopping back, Matt! Have a grrrrrreat weekend!
    X

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  52. Rose is my favorite role in Moonstruck too! Olympia did a wonderful job. I haven't seen this movie in quite awhile, but after reading your review it's got me all jived to watch it again. Being Italian and also a native New Yorker this movie really hits the mark. And you're right, the wives in Italian families are the roost rulers. Just ask my mother haha!

    Nice review!

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