Two years have passed since Cheryl Hines agreed to direct Adrienne Shelly’s last script, Serious Moonlight. This weekend, the movie premiers and Hines is one very proud first-time film director.
She’s also proud that Moonlight will be a fitting tribute to Shelly, who directed Hines in Waitress but was murdered in Nov. 2006, before the movie’s release.
The indie film, which stars Meg Ryan, Timothy Hutton, Kristen Bell and Justin Long got a positive early-release review from The Hollywood Reporter — a relief for those of us who really, really want Meg to be in a watchable movie again. My fingers are crossed.
In a recent interview, Hines said she learned a lot about directing from working with Shelly.
One of Hines’ challenges was to keep the script exactly as Shelly wrote it, yet make it her own movie.
Serious Moonlight is the story of Louise (Ryan), a high-powered Manhattan attorney who duct-tapes her husband Ian (Hutton) to the toilet when she discovers that he’s planning to leave her for a younger woman (Bell). Here’s the trailer.
Most of the action in Moonlight takes place in the bathroom, so the actors carry the film. I’m hopeful that the chemistry is good enough to make the dark premise funny.
What do you think? Will Serious Moonlight get you to the theater?