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City Island (2009)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  23 July 2009 (Russia)
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The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought ... See full summary »

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Ezmalia (as Marianni Ebert)
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The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought home by Vince (Garcia), the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private. Written by IMDb Editors

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Truth is stranger than family

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, smoking and language | See all certifications »

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23 July 2009 (Russia)  »

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Asuntos de familia  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,001 (USA) (19 March 2010)

Gross:

$6,670,712 (USA) (27 August 2010)
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It's interesting to find out that the exteriors, including the final climactic scene, of this movie were actually filmed on City Island, Bronx. If you look up City Island on Google Maps and zoom in to 1 Horton Street on "street view" you'll see the house that served as the exterior shots in the movie. Though the house across the street where the "Botero" lady lives is completely different. See more »

Goofs

The 'D' on the front of the Ford is missing before the accident; then is there after the accident; then it is missing again. See more »

Quotes

Joyce Rizzo: [lighting cigarette] My husband thinks I quit.
Tony: One good thing about the joint, they don't let you smoke anymore so... I quit inside.
Joyce Rizzo: Being in prison and not being able to smoke? That's like being in jail. Join me.
Tony: All right.
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Do you want to know a Secret?
4 April 2010 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. I am always amazed, amused and somewhat satisfied when a writer gathers up multiple stereotypes, massages the conflict and dialogue, and emerges with a script that captures interest and holds attention. Writer/director Raymond De Felitta has done just that with working class Italian New Yorkers.

All story lines revolve around the secrets each of the family members keep from the others. Sure, we all understand that two-way communication and trust create a much stronger and healthier family, but sometimes, it's just not that simple.

Andy Garcia plays the head of this secretive bunch and he sets the stage with two whoppers. The first is his slinking off to acting classes while chasing his lifelong dream of becoming an actor - like his inspiration, Marlon Brando. To cover this one up, he tells his wife (Julianna Margulies) that he is off to another poker game, unaware that she interprets this as code for his having an affair.

They have a daughter (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) who has lost her college scholarship and is saving money to re-enroll by working (secretly) as a stripper. Their odd ball son (Ezra Miller), who believes he is too smart to attend classes, develops an online fetish habit that ends up VERY close to home.

In most films, this would be plenty of ammunition to create havoc among the players. Not here. Garcia's second, and much larger secret, throws this dysfunctional family into a tailspin - and he somehow is the last to realize. Emily Mortimer, Steven Strait and Alan Arkin all provide strong support to the story and this "family".

Mr. De Felitta explored some of these family topics in "The Thing About My Folks", but here he is working with his own script. The balance between comedy, conflict and insight is actually very good; though, the New Yorker habit of loud mealtime conversation is somewhat discomforting for this southern boy. Still, I have nothing but positive things to say about how the stereotypes end up providing self-realization to each of the characters, and even more importantly, an understanding of what their family really is. Good stuff here.


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