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For Walter Himmelstein, a young man endearingly known as Putzel, life literally doesn't go beyond his family's fish store on the upper west side of Manhattan. In this heartwarming romantic comedy about sex, love and smoked fish, Walter's aspirations of taking over his uncle's fish emporium are disrupted by the arrival of Sally, who becomes romantically involved with his about-to-retire and very-married uncle. While Walter tries to thwart their romance in order to ensure his taking over the business, he finds his circumscribed life thrown off kilter, and, after years of being undermined by his family and friends, finally starts to realize that he's more than a Putzel. Written by
Why do I keep quoting this movie!? Cause so much of it is memorable...
I first caught this when it premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival, and it caught me completely off-guard. So much so that I jumped at the opportunity to see it again a few weeks later at its NYC premier to figure out if I really loved it as much as I thought. I did, and do. Jack Carpenter, Melanie Lynskey and Susie Essman are super-believable and endearing in their roles. There were at least 5 scenes that I laughed through so hard that popcorn was coming out of my nose. Here are a few things you won't stop saying for weeks: "-ish" ... "tickle, tickle" ... "Poseidon, King of the Sea!" ... "he loves _____, too much". You'll understand when you see it, and you should.
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