Brooklyn Lobster (2005)
Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 9
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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 6
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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Aging patriarch Frank Giorgio tries to maintain his Brooklyn pride when the bank that holds the small business loan for his lobster farm forecloses. A hardworking man who listens to only oldies on the radio, Frank sees his worth as inextricably tied to his company. It is just this traditional attitude that has alienated his wife and grown-up children. Frank must temper his resistance to change and learn to express his love for his family in a more -- or less (?) -- conventional way if he is to
Nov 4, 2005 Limited
Dec 19, 2006
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Brooklyn Lobster is the kind of smart, realistic indie family drama the movies should give us more often.
The crustaceans' unhappy destinies are more compelling than the colorless lives of their captors.
The dramatic engine may be real estate and bank loans, but the heart of the movie is family and character and the film provides plenty of both.
Well-meant, but only adequately realized, the movie is simply undersized.
Fails to dig out the dramatic meat, despite a yeoman performance by Danny Aiello.
The movie has that 'shiny-object-syndrome'... it tends to get easily sidetracked by things that aren't important to the story.
Comes from a sincere (as in autobiographical) place, and, despite its familiar trappings, it's presented with an admirable lack of B.S.
Jordan doesn't always hit his mark, allowing extraneous dialogue that doesn't build on the relationships; giving too much time to silly employee high jinks; and staying too far away with his camera when he should be right in the faces of his actors.
Jordan draws so well on the idiosyncrasies of the family profession that it makes the movie worth watching
However fact-based the material may be, Jordan's salt-of-the-earth characters, with their bluster and pride and rough-edged loyalty, are all too familiar, and their travails feel formulaic, right down to the life-affirming climax.
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