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I wouldn't exactly say it's a memorable work on Davis' resume, but it's a quality movie none the less. I'd recommend it as a family movie, more for the parents than the children.
I mean, what kind of a movie has a woman go into labor while gyrating in a Santa Claus suit then show her give birth to a one-armed baby, get abandoned by her married lover, watch as her stepmother breast-feeds the one-armed baby, abandons said baby, finds her long-lost mother (who it turns out is a schizophrenic), learns that one-armed baby is in a coma... all in about 15 minutes.
This was one of the most uneven films I've ever seen. Turturro's particularly good in it as the best friend, yet her character is left out of the final half hour, though she's a central character, and never returned to. Rea and Gandolfini's potentials are completely wasted in a movie that just doesn't seem to know what to do with itself.
Tina is now married to the foul mouthed Jerry (played by Michael Rispoli) and they have two children. Angie is in a relationship with Vinnie (played by the late James Gandolfini) who owns his own plumbing business. Besides the three of the four actors being later connected with the 1999 television crime drama series The Sopranos, the friends and lovers all have an Italian background and stick to their own Brooklyn neighborhood. Angie discovers she is pregnant and when she tells her boyfriend Vinnie he is ecstatic and proposes marriage. This is a life changing drama in an Italian Brooklyn neighborhood not just for Angie, but also for her friends and family. One day Angie is a single lady working in a New York office and the next day she finds herself pregnant and engaged to be married to Vinnie. This is a trigger point for Angie and it brings up feelings deep inside of her that lead her to resent her own father Frank (played by Philip Bosco) and her stepmother Kathy (played by Jenny O'Hara) who raised Angie after her own mother abruptly left her at the age of three (3). Angie proceeds to push her father, stepmother, fiancée Vinnie and even her best friend Tina away. After bumping in to a stranger in a museum she starts an affair with this Irishman named Noel Riordan (played by Stephen Rea) and eventually she tells Noel that she is pregnant with her ex-fiancé's child. Noel takes it all in stride and continues his relationship with Angie throughout her nine month pregnancy.
I don't want to provide a spoiler alert so I will just say that the last 30 minutes of the film is where Angie finds out to what extent her family and friends will really go to for one another. This support group gives her the inner strength to make the decisions that we all think we would also make if we found ourselves in the same circumstances. This is a good drama for Geena Davis to star in and she does a great job in the lead role as Angie. James Gandolfini's role as Vinnie the plumber (when he still had hair) shows that edgy side giving us an early peek in to his latter role as Tony Soprano that can just explode, as well as that kinder side of Tony Soprano who loves his family and will be there for them when he is needed regardless of the circumstances.
Aida Turturro, Michael Rispoli, Stephen Rea, Philip Bosco and Jenny O'Hara all add depth of their respective characters to this warm and loving film Angie and all of these characters make us feel as if we are involved in their scenes. It will make you want to provide your own two cents to Angie on what she should do. One of the qualities I look for when writing a film review is if the film can keep my attention, or does the film have intermittent scenes that allow the mind to wander? Angie kept me enthralled from the get go and it wasover before I knew it some 107 minutes later. Heck even the wife stayed awake for this late night movie drama and she rated it a 7 also! I rate the film a 7 out of 10. It is a nice piece of film depicting the 1990s' lifestyle in Brooklyn New York for an Italian family classic film genre.