A Walk on the Moon | Chicago Reader

A Walk on the Moon

A woman who'd married as a pregnant teenager tries to recapture her lost youth at a Catskills resort in the summer of 1969. With her husband back in New York City on weekdays feverishly repairing TVs so their owners can watch Neil Armstrong's small step, Pearl is tempted by a flirtatious salesman who regularly visits the resort. The buzz about Woodstock intrigues Pearl's teenage daughter—whose sexual awakening is dutifully contrasted with her mother's midlife crisis—and after a climactic scene at the festival, the movie, which leans too heavily on the metaphorical value of the two historic events, dives from heady romance into heavy moralizing. Tony Goldwyn directed a screenplay by Pamela Gray; with Diane Lane, Anna Paquin, Liev Schreiber, and Viggo Mortensen.

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