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A Walk On The Moon

Director: Tony Goldwyn
Producer: Jay Cohen, Tony Goldwyn, Lee Gottsegen, Dustin Hoffman, Neil Koenigsberg, Murray Schisgal
Screenwriter: Pamela Gray
Stars: Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber, Anna Paquin, Tovah Feldshuh
MPAA Rating: R
Year of Release: 1999
Released on Video: 10/01/99

Marty and Pearl got pregnant and married young. Now, it is 1969 and Pearl spends the summers at a cabin in the Catskills with her mother, daughter and son. Marty works as a TV repairman in New York and visits on weekends. Pearl feels caught in the passionless domesticity of their marriage and easily succumbs to the seduction of a handsome stranger. Her mother warns Marty, who confronts his wife with his own disappointments: due to their early marriage, he had to give up college for a life of TV repairs.

Viewing Suggestion:

Watch how Marty struggles with his anger and disappointment at Pearl’s affair. Notice how both are able to stay with their feelings and communicate well at the end of the movie, which allows them to come back together.

Ask Yourself:

- Do you believe that you could never forgive your partner/spouse if they cheated on you?
- Are able to stay with your difficult emotions without acting out while you communicate with your partner like Marty and Pearl at the end of the film?
- If not, how could you improve your communication? Communicating well helps you to “step into the other person’s shoes” and therefore understand and empathize with him or her. Empathy helps overcome anger and forgive mistakes.