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Dominic works round the clock: nights making biscotti for his family's bakery in a working-class Italian neighborhood in Pittsburgh, then days downtown where he's a specialist in firing people at a company that negotiates mergers. He's thrown for a loop with he learns that Bella, an elderly neighbor who's his family's closest friend, has but a few months to live. All her life, she's saved money in coffee cans for her daughter, Lucca's, wedding, but Lucca is off in foreign lands, initially as a Peace Corps volunteer, and doesn't need a man. Dominic vows to bring Lucca home and convince her to marry him to fulfill Bella's most fervent wish. What will Lucca say? Written by
A very good tearjerker. Scott Baio is amazingly good as is the entire cast. The accents of Bella and Massimo are not good (although I'm not Italian, I grew up in a strong working-class Italian neighborhood) but they don't really take away from their performances. The new (i.e. relatively unknown) actress who plays Lucca is a gem. I would like to see here more often. Shuler Hensley as Pino wrenches the heart. The story line is far-fetched, but the acting and setting are so good, they come very, very close to making it entirely believable.
The Pittsburgh backdrop is gorgeous and greatly adds to the film.
If you're jaded and not sentimental or do not come from an ethnic background you may not like it, but if you're a sentimental Italian, or Greek, or Spaniard, or Lebanese, etc., I think you will enjoy it and use up a box of tissues.
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