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.
Reviewed by Jane Howdle