MOONLIGHT MILE (2003) In a sketchily depicted Vietnam era (the period soundtrack and references to an MIA soldier are about the only clues), Joe (Gyllenhaal) wakes to the…
Video Review

MOONLIGHT MILE (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 11, 2003; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Drama, Romance; With: Jake Gyllenhaal and Dustin Hoffman; Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

In a sketchily depicted Vietnam era (the period soundtrack and references to an MIA soldier are about the only clues), Joe (Gyllenhaal) wakes to the reality that his fiancee has been killed and he's been drafted into service as surrogate son to her grieving parents (Hoffman and a tart Susan Sarandon). What is clearly an attempt at an offbeat, edgy look at mourning (inspired by director Brad Silberling's experience after the murder of his girlfriend, actress Rebecca Schaeffer) feels more like an after-school special for grown-ups -- appealing, but a little too comfy for its own good.

Originally posted Mar 14, 2003 Published in issue #700 Mar 14, 2003 Order article reprints