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City Island (2010)

City Island

Overview


Genre

Comedy, Drama

Release Date

March 19, 2010 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

100 min.

Studio

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Raymond De Felitta

Producer

Raymond De Felitta, Andy Garcia, Zachary Matz, Lauren Versel

Screenwriter

Raymond De Felitta

Starring

Story


Set in a quaint fishing community on the outskirts of New York City, "City Island" is a hilarious and touching tale about a family whose comfortable co-existence is upended by surprising revelations of past secrets and present day lies.

Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is a lifelong resident of the tiny, tradition-steeped Bronx enclave of City Island. A family man who makes his living as a corrections officer, Vince longs to become an actor. Ashamed to admit his aspirations to his family, Vince would rather let his fiery wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies) believe his weekly poker games are a cover for an extramarital affair than admit he's secretly taking acting classes in Manhattan. When Vince is asked to reveal his biggest secret in class, he inadvertently sets off a chaotic chain of events that turns his mundane suburban life upside down.

Inspired by the exercise, he decides to bring his long-lost ex-con son Tony (Steven Strait) home to meet the family, and it soon becomes clear that everyone-including his college student daughter (Dominik Garcia-Lorido), teenaged son Vinnie, Jr. (Ezra Miller), charismatic acting partner (Emily Mortimer) and drama coach (Alan Arkin)- has something to hide.

A perfect storm of deception, half truths and confusion makes Vince and his family members realize that the truth may not set them free, but it is easier to keep track of than all their well-intentioned white lies.

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Steven Strait, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies and Ezra Miller in Anchor Bay Entertainment's City Island (2010)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..City Island works best as an actor's showcase..”
by Melissa Anderson [Village Voice]
“..it does contain a fundamental understanding of the rot..”
by Glenn Whipp [LA Times]
“..so frustrating in its contrivances and so dependent on the willfully stupid behavior of its characters..”
by Andrew Schenker [Slant Magazine]