Box of Moonlight (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Box of Moonlight (1997)



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In this quirky fable, the unexpected onset of a middle-age crisis leads a rigidly punctual electrical engineer to a timeless place where he learns that there is indeed life without deadlines. Al Fountain's (John Turturro) epiphany comes while he is overseeing the construction of a windshield-wiper plant in Drip Rock, Tennessee. Rigid, hyper-punctual (his wife in New York could set her watch by the consistently precise timing of his nightly phone calls) and humorless, Al wins no friends among the crewmen. One day he overhears them feeling a little sorry for him for being such a stiff. Soon after, he finds a gray hair in his comb. Then, in his hotel room, he begins having frightening visions of the world moving in reverse. Still he conceals his inner turmoil until his job is abruptly cancelled. Without really knowing why, he decides to remain in Drip Rock for a while and so lets his wife believe that everything's okay. One day, he helps a stranded motorist named The Kid (Sam Rockwell). He asks Al to tow his car to his strange and colorful trailer in the woods where The Kid invites him to stay. The free-form, undisciplined Kid proves to be Al's opposite, but still the two forge a friendship that changes Al's life.

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John Turturro
as Al Fountain
Sam Rockwell
as The Kid
Catherine Keener
as Floatie Dupre
Lisa Blount
as Purlene Dupre
Annie Corley
as Deb Fountain
Alexander Goodwin
as Bobby Fountain
Reathel Bean
as Luvven Coddle
Betty Wills Stephens
as Wynelle Coddle
Linda Libby
as Curious Waitress
Ernest R. Ogg
as Motel Clerk
Gary Lowery
as Earl Sykes
Bodi Soham
as Willard Snarp
Gene Patterson
as Male Newscaster
Kristin Hoke
as Female Newscaster
Buddy Landel
as Uncle Samson
Chaz Warrington
as Castroater
Glenn Ruth
as Saddam Insane
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Critic Reviews for Box of Moonlight

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

There isn't a whole lot of story in Box of Moonlight. The film works by setting up Al Fountain as a mope, and then hurling gobs of life at him. Some stick.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

On one level a poignant elegy for the obsessive-compulsive, DiCillo's movie is unfashionably innocent and sweet, making it unlikely grist for the hype mill.

October 24, 2019 | Full Review…

There's wonderful chemistry between the eccentric John Turturro and the ever-likeable Sam Rockwell

January 3, 2013 | Rating: B-

Worth a look for Rockwell fans.

April 9, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film is meant to be a whimsical romp, and it takes some time to getting used to eccentric actor John Turturro as Everyman in Middle America!

April 30, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Charming, quirky little comedy with standout performance from Rockwell.

August 24, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Box of Moonlight


Love Sam Rockwell. Did not love this film. John Turturro's character was on my nerves from the get go. I personally don't see how one weekend spent with a free spirit can change a man's whole outlook on life. His poor, suffering wife and child seemed RELIEVED he was away from home. I can't blame them. I have to say I could feel no kinship with the main character, and the movie just seemed pointless to me.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Pretty good film.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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