It's clear that the makers of Serious Moonlight
were sincerely trying to honor the memory of talented filmmaker/actress Adrienne Shelly by producing another one of her scripts. Sadly, the film is a disappointment. It lacks the low-key charm and the command of tone that Shelly achieved in her final directorial effort, and most successful film, Waitress
. Instead, Serious Moonlight
, with two big Hollywood stars (Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton) playing the leads, and two promising younger stars (Kristen Bell and Justin Long) in key supporting roles, is shrill and confused. Novice director Cheryl Hines might have been better off taking a more subtle appr...