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A Wake in Providence (1999)

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When Anthony's African-American girlfriend Alissa meets his Italian-American family at his grandfather's funeral, confrontations, confessions, and a hilarious race to the altar ensue!



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Pagano ...
Aunt Lidia
Lisa Raggio ...
Kaye Kingston ...
Gram Baldassarre
Louis Guss ...
Uncle Guy
Micole Mercurio ...
Aunt Elaine
Uncle Joe
Magda Harout ...
Aunt Alma
John Capodice ...
Uncle Sal


Going back home can be hard, particularly when you come from a traditional Italian family, and especially when the girlfriend you bring back is not Italian. But the roof caves in when she's African American. This is the problem that Anthony faces when he brings Alissa from Los Angeles to his boyhood home of Providence, Rhode Island to attend his grandfather's funeral. Written by Weissman/Delson Communications (with permission)

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Rated R for language and some sexual content




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12 May 2015 (USA)  »

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Almost Married  »

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$32,018 (USA) (15 April 2005)


$402,805 (USA) (17 February 2006)

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A Wake in Providence
7 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Move over "Greek Wedding" this is the year for and Italian Funeral!

Anthony Gelati, a struggling young actor living in Venice, California, has finally landed his first major role in a movie. He races home to share the news with his live-in girlfriend Alissa who reminds him that he promised to introduce her to his family back East when he was cast in a big movie. Anthony, who is Full-Blooded Italian, has been apprehensive about bringing her home because she is African-American, something he has not yet told his family.

The result, a comedy masterpiece!

Director Rosario Roveto Jr. scores big on this his debut movie. Hollywood needs to jump on the bandwagon with this one! This is on my "A" list! It was refreshing to see Adrienne Barbeau as part of this talented cast. She is still her stunning self. Brothers is Vincet & Mike Pagano bring a realistic portrayal of life in a traditional Italian family. They also score a comedic plus.

Roveto is a sleeper and this movie should have his phone ringing off the wall. Splendid!

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