New York Times - 01/22/1982
"...Funny, harrowing, intelligent and moving....[Finney gives an] anguished, biting, full-length performance..."
USA Today - 11/16/2007 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Albert Finney is edgibly unpredictable....And Diane Keaton is close to her peak..."
George Dunlap (Albert Finney) and his wife, Faith (Diane Keaton), two well-educated, freethinking products of the 1960s, appear to have it all: a beautiful house, four healthy daughters, and money in the bank. But looks can be deceiving, and in truth their marriage took a turn for the worse years ago. Fed up with the sporadic feuds and the facade of happiness, George walks out on his family and moves in with his girlfriend, Sandy (Karen Allen). Faith also seeks new romance and falls for a local contractor, Frank (Peter Weller). Their daughters suffer the most, however, and both George and Faith learn that breaking up is more difficult than they imagined.
A poignantly emotional drama, SHOOT THE MOON exposes the problems of an Age of Aquarius couple struggling into the era of the yuppie. Director Alan Parker (MISSISSIPPI BURNING) and screenwriter Bo Goldman closely detail the breakup of the two ultraliberals who find it difficult to live up to the responsibilities of marriage and the traditions and pressures of the American dream. Parker, as is his wont, offers a critique of contemporary culture while delivering an entertaining, memorable film.
The problems of a married couple whose relationship is falling apart are compounded by the fact that they have a large family.