When the film ended and the credits began to roll, I was a bit soured. I’ve grown quite weary of films that throw two characters together and expect us to believe they’ve fallen forever madly in love with each other after mere days together. But as I took a step back and looked at what director Norman Jewison and writer John Patrick Shanley have constructed and I realize that it’s not a movie about love so much as it is a movie about how we love.
You have Loretta (Cher), a Brooklyn bookkeeper who finds herself falling for her fiance’s estranged younger brother, Ronny (Nicolas Cage). Their breathless, borderline unreasonable whirlwind courtship is reflective of the fact that we can’t always choose who we fall in love with. Reason quite often is pushed to the side when it comes to matters of the heart.
“Moonstruck” might seem a bit slight at first, but I feel it’s a case of Jewison saying what he needs to without being overly verbose. What he says rings true and he seems content to leave it at that.
— Stewart Smith
Full Moon Stuffed Pizza Pie
2 cans Pillsbury pizza crust refrigerated dough
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
1-8 ounce ball of mozzarella, sliced
8 large mushrooms, sliced
1 cup Italian sausage, browned and drained
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for garnish
Roll out the pizza crust on a floured surface into 2 - 12 inch circles. Place one of the circles in a greased and floured pie plate and form to the shape of the plate. Pour in the marinara, then layer in the mozzarella, mushrooms and sausage. Sprinkle with the grated parmesan cheese. Place the other crust over the top of the filling. Trim the excess dough from around the edge of the pie plate and crimp the edges together with a fork. Cut a few slits in the top of the crust to allow steam to escape. Sprinkle the top with additional parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 375 degrees until crust is golden brown. Cut into wedges and serve.
— Recipe by Christine Gardner