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Moonlight Mile Review

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As he copes with the death of his fiancee along with her parents, a young man must figure out what he wants out of life.

★★★★★

Inspired by the murder of director Brad Silberling's actress girlfriend, and with Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) in the starchy '70s suit of bereaved fiancee Joe, Moonlight Mile's mediocrity is a bit of a shocker.

Finding himself with a couple of almost-in-laws as housemates and a few awkward questions that need answering about his feelings for their daughter, Joe is in a bit of a fix.

Meanwhile, Hoffman's Ben and Sarandon's JoJo are too busy grieving to realise that he may not want to be their surrogate son, after all; plus they have the obligatory legal battle to be getting on with.

Alas, even this two-pronged, middle-aged acting powerhouse can't give Moonlight Mile the edge it needs. Its original look at loyalty and loss subsides into a forgettable love story, leading it out of the darkness and straight into schmaltzville.

The cinematography makes for cosy viewing and, as the grieving parents, Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon are a convincing couple. However, the 'life goes on' sentiment is handled indelicately.