Two Family House (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  27 October 2000 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 1,399 users   Metascore: 79/100
Reviews: 41 user | 35 critic | 28 from

A dreamer finds that his wife and friends are binding him to his mediocre existence.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young Glaswegian prostitute in London tries to start a new life.

Director: Coky Giedroyc
Stars: Kelly Macdonald, James Bolam, Hans Matheson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Ben's dad Sam shows up one night with a note from Ben's mother (Sam's wife of 46 years), that she has left. While Ben's wife and his three sisters try to find her, Ben takes Sam on a day ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond De Felitta
Stars: Paul Reiser, Peter Falk, Olympia Dukakis
Cafe Society (1995)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A society playboy with a taste for the lowlife is set up for exploitation by an unscrupulous undercover cop and his shadowy political masters.

Director: Raymond De Felitta
Stars: Frank Whaley, Peter Gallagher, Lara Flynn Boyle
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Small-time crooner find himself on the receiving end of the threatening attentions of a gangster, whose wife has fallen for the singer's Sinatra-like aura.

Director: Peter Capaldi
Stars: Ian Hart, Kelly Macdonald, Brian Cox
House! (2000)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A small bingo hall is threatened by the opening of the country's largest bingo centre nearby.

Director: Julian Kemp
Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Stacey Ashton, Keith Chegwin
Entropy I (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Stephen Dorff narrates this tale about how his life goes astray as his character attempts to strike a balance between the demands of directing his first film and the pressures of his new ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Joanou
Stars: Stephen Dorff, Judith Godrèche, Kelly Macdonald
Splendor (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An average, calm mid-20s girl named Veronica restarts her dead dating life all of the sudden, but with two guys: a sensitive failed writer named Abel and an airheaded drummer named Zed. At ... See full summary »

Director: Gregg Araki
Stars: Kathleen Robertson, Johnathon Schaech, Matt Keeslar
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Confused, non-linear film tells the sexual story of a film director from his life at age 5, age 12, age 16, a man embarking on his first film in 1950's Tunisia, and finally to his current ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Figgis
Stars: Julian Sands, Saffron Burrows, Stefano Dionisi
The Girl in the Café (TV Movie 2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Lawrence, an aging, lonely civil servant falls for Gina, an enigmatic young woman. When he takes her to the G8 Summit in Reykjavik, however, their bond is tested by Lawrence's professional obligations.

Director: David Yates
Stars: Bill Nighy, Kelly Macdonald, Meneka Das
Some Voices (2000)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A schizophrenic causes havoc in his brother's restaurant.

Director: Simon Cellan Jones
Stars: Daniel Craig, David Morrissey, Kelly Macdonald
Biography | Drama | Musical

Make the Wiseguys Weep follows the career of Jimmy Roselli, the Italian-American crooner destined to become the next Frank Sinatra, but who was nearly destroyed by his own erratic integrity, his refusal to compromise and his lifelong feud with Sinatra.

Director: Raymond De Felitta
Stars: Steve Schirripa
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Judith Nelson quit her medical studies to marry. Years later, her husband, a physician, divorces her to be with another doctor. Deeply frustrated, she now lives alone in her luxury ... See full summary »

Director: Richard LaGravenese
Stars: Holly Hunter, Danny DeVito, Queen Latifah


Cast overview, first billed only:
Buddy Visalo
Mary O'Neary
Estelle Visalo
Jim O'Neary
Louis Guss ...
Rosemary De Angelis ...
Marie (as Rosemary Deangelis)
Saul Stein ...
Ivy Jones ...
Victor Arnold ...
Mr. Cicco
Richard B. Shull ...
Mr. Brancaccio


An unseen narrator looks back to 1956, on Staten Island, when Buddy, an Italian guy with big dreams, buys a house planning to live upstairs with his wife Estelle and run a bar downstairs. The first problem is Estelle's lack of confidence in Buddy. Then, Irish tenants upstairs refuse to move and won't pay rent; plus, the woman upstairs is about to have a baby. The next problem is the baby: once he's born, it's clear his father was Black. The Irish guy splits; Buddy evicts mother and child, then feels guilt and sets her up in a flat while she sorts out an adoption. Estelle's lack of faith, the Irish lass's spirit, Buddy's dream, racial prejudice, and the baby's fate play out. Written by <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The only way to find out what you love is to risk everything you have.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

27 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casa pentru doua familii  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$30,316 (USA) (6 October 2000)


$1,015,055 (USA) (29 December 2000)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


During one shot, the Bayonne Bridge is shown with the Goethals Bridge beyond it, on the right. Adjacent to it, the B&O Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge is shown. This wasn't built until 1959, replacing an older swing bridge. See more »

Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... the people of Bentley Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, ... the people of Port Richmond & Stapleton neighborhoods, Staten Island, NY, ... the crew of The Highlander ... See more »


References Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (1949) See more »


I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
Music by Doc Daugherty (as Daugherty) and Ellis Reynolds (as Reynolds)
Lyrics by Al Neiburg (as Neiburg)
Performed by John Pizzarelli
Published by Bourne Co.
John Pizzarelli appears courtesy of Telarc International
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Apartment for rent in private home in Staten Island
25 September 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Raymond DeFelitta, the director of the current release, "The Thing About my Folks", working with his own material, created this wonderful film, which should be seen more often. Unfortunately, when this film first came out, it had wonderful notices, but alas, it disappeared too soon for us to catch up with it. Thanks to HBO, the film was shown recently and it proved to be worthy of the praise we had heard about.

The story takes place in the fifties. The characters at the center of the film, are basically Italian-Americans living in Staten Island. Buddy and Estelle Visalo, are the owners of a two family house in need of repairs. The upstairs apartment has been rented to an Irish couple, Mary and Jim, who are going through a rough moment in their lives.

Buddy, with the help of his friends from the tavern that is the social meeting point of the neighborhood, is trying to evict the couple upstairs, after it's clear they are up to no good and can't pay the rent. It proves to be too late because Mary begins her labor pains and Estelle, who doesn't like the woman, helps in the delivery. But horror of horrors, the little baby proves to be much more than what Mary was expecting, and Jim abandons her.

The Italian landlord develops a friendship toward Mary, who he succeeds in evicting, but feels terribly about it. He rescues her from the flea bag hotel where she is staying since her own sister doesn't want her. Buddy finds, and pays, for an apartment for Mary and her son. It's clear that Buddy and Mary go from a friendship into a relationship that will change their lives forever.

The film works because the charismatic work of Michael Rispoli, who as Buddy, is a man with a heart of gold. Mr. Rispoli is an actor that is always good, no matter what character he plays. Also the movie has an inspired performance by Kelly MacDonald. Ms. MacDonald does good work as Mary. The supporting cast, Kartherine Narducci, Kevin Conway, Matt Servitto, Vincent Pastore, and the rest, are perfect.

We look forward future endeavors by Raymond DeFelitta, who proves with this film he can tell a story that involves the viewer in more ways than some others. "Two Family House" is a small movie, with a big heart!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What a wonderful movie miasocal70
Wonderful boardwalk_angel
two family house georgeusx
Who was the narrator? canta44
Michael Rispoli looks like a younger version of Warren Berlinger? georgia_kay_t
Discuss Two Family House (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: