One year after “Saturday Night Fever,” John Travolta starred in this love story between a young drifter and an older woman – Lily Tomlin. The characters are savagely portrayed, and the story is set against a backdrop of shrink-riddled and over-privileged society.
User Reviews: "Moment By Moment" came out at a perfect in the career of John Travolta. Hot off the huge successes of "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease" he must have thought he could do no wrong and boy was he ever wrong about that. You don’t get much worse then "Moment By Moment" which is a silly love story between an older woman and a young man. A provocative idea you say? Perhaps, but there is nothing provocative about this movie.
Travolta and Lily Tomlin are cast in the leads and we can see right from the start that they have absolutely no chemistry what so ever. That right there would sink any love story. But writer/director Jane Wagner’s awful script continues topping (or bottoming) itself with hopeless ideas and ridiculous situations without directly confronting the central issue of the story.
You would think in a movie about an older woman/younger man relationship we might get a reason as to why Travolta (who, get this, plays a beach stud named Strip!)is attracted to older women (particularly someone like Lily Tomlin). How about one small scene where we see him on a date with a girl his own age and he can’t relate to her? With that we could understand his desires but here it’s just plot device to move things along.
The whole movie runs on empty. Tomlin (who has since come out of the closet and admitted director Wagner is her longtime companion) is hopelessly miscast. She may be older but she sure didn’t fit the bill for what a young man looks for in an older woman. They could have put some make-up or seductive clothing on her to try and at least create the illusion of the sexy woman but perhaps Wagner’s intent was to show the normal everyday woman. I hate to tell you this Jane but people don’t buy it when a normal, everyday woman is seduced by a beach stud named Strip.
"Moment By Moment" has long been forgotten and rightfully so. It’s set up is preposterous, dialogue is laughable, and the acting is downright horrible. It’s so bad it almost makes "Battlefield Earth" look not so bad. Skip this junk and thank me in the morning.