City IslandClosed Captioning
Raymond De Felitta
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Meet the Rizzos, a family that might get along a lot better if only they could tell each other the truth. Dad Vince (Andy Garcia of OCEAN'S Franchise) is the worst offender. But since the prison guard won’t even admit that “poker night” is in fact acting class, how’s he ever going to explain his illegitimate son? His daughter works as a stripper when she’s supposed to be in college, while young Vinnie Jr. (Ezra Miller of TV's CALIFORNICATION) has a secret sexual fetish that involves a 24-hour webcam and the family’s 300-pound neighbor. Vince’s wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies of TV's THE GOOD WIFE) is the family’s rock, but it’s been a year since she enjoyed intimacy with her husband, and it’s no surprise she thinks “poker night” spells A-F-F-A-I-R. When former prisoner Tony (Steven Strait of STOP-LOSS) enters the Rizzos’ lives, Joyce begins to suspect that the handsome young Tony isn’t who Vince says he is. A perfect storm of deception, half truths, and confusion makes the family members realize that the truth may not set them free, but it is easier to keep track of than all their well-intentioned white lies.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 99
- Fresh: 80
- Rotten: 19
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: All the performances are warmly engaging, even though the characters are broad and scenarios occasionally extreme. For those tired of clashing titans or weepy teen romances, City Island is a breath of fresh air.
Fresh: Andy Garcia demonstrates real comic chops in this charming comedy of family dysfunction.
Fresh: The cast proves game for anything, from Emily Mortimer as Vince's floridly English acting-class partner to a beleaguered, bewhiskered Strait, here displaying a comic prowess and fond knack for exasperation.
Rotten: Writer-director Raymond De Felitta has cut together a frustrating comedy, with the misunderstandings piling up like kindling for a bonfire that his movie never lights.
GREAT FILM and first review! hoorah!
quirky and funny. I laughed through the whole movie and the performances are great (especially the teenage son) Definitely one of my new favorites. You won't be disappointed!
how to watch this movie
this movie will make you cry. i am a man, and still cried. but, it will take until the second to last part of the movie to get there. it's boring at the beginning, during the development stages; but, this movie climaxes when there's ten minutes left -- and, it's worth it. be warned tho: this is a movie to watch by yourself or with a few select people -- this is not a movie for a big group looking for a comedy.
I can't believe how good this movie was.
I watch many movies. I picked this one on a whim because I've seen basically everything else. I didn't want to pay the 4 bucks rental, but I wanted something unexpected... And what I got was a extremely good, entertaining, heartfelt film. Where did this movie come from and why didn't it get more press?! Anyway, rent it with no reserves. Enjoy!