In MOONLIGHT AND VALENTINO, Rebecca Lott thinks it is going to be just another day until she is hit with the news that her husband has been killed in an accident. She doesn’t know how she will survive without her husband, but her best friend, sister and ex-stepmother rally around her to help her make it through the rough first year alone. Through this time in Rebecca’s life, all four women grow and learn about each other and life. Each of them comes to terms with the problems in their lives and gets control of them. In the end, they are all ready for whatever the future will bring into their lives.
The story starts out well, but goes flat in the middle. The acting is good, showing genuine warmth among caring women. The movie makes a good point in showing that even though there is trauma in life, humor will help. Regrettably, the women rely on themselves to solve their problems, and there is really no reference to God, only a reference that Rebecca’s mother and husband are in Heaven. In real life, it is true that friends and family are needed to help someone make it through the grieving process, but God is the only one who can truly heal the pain. The movie starts out with promise, but it contains some foul language and fornication and ultimately fails to make a meaningful study on the nature of grief and recovery.
(H, LL, NN, S, M) Humanist worldview where people rely on themselves to get through their problems; 11 obscenities & 6 profanities; brief upper female nudity & posterior female nudity; implied sexual immorality; chain smoker; and, tarot cards treated lightly