Mighty Fine (2012)
Set in the 1970s, Mighty Fine is the story of Joe Fine, a charismatic, high-spirited man, who relocates his family-wife Stella, daughters Nathalie and Maddie - from Brooklyn to New Orleans, in search of a better life. Joe's devotion to his family knows no bounds, and he seeks to provide them with the ultimate in the good life, from a palatial home to a steady string of extravagant gifts. Unfortunately, Joe's spending spree is wildly out of touch with reality, as his apparel business is teetering on the brink of collapse, a fact he refuses to accept. Mighty Fine ultimately shows how coming to terms with the past without judgment is the most fruitful way to move toward the future. -- (C) Adopt Films … More
as Joe Fine
as Stella Fine
as Natalie Fine
as Maddie Fine
as Mr. Smith
as Dr. Tessler
as Southern Boy
as Poetry Contest Judge
as Man on Car
as Police Officer
as Maître d'
as Natalie Fine (Adult)
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Critic Reviews for Mighty Fine
A somewhat drab and unimaginative telling further dents this dull melodrama of already rather limited psychological insights, and pat conclusions and catharses.
A well-meaning but unstable hand at the tiller, and a propensity for charting plot points, rather than a clear narrative destination.
We're left with something akin to a Lifetime movie, as there are a number of interesting possibilities, which could have added complexity and depth to the film, that are never fleshed out.
If you can overlook Andie MacDowell's Mitteleuropa accent as a Jewish Holocaust survivor (I know: big if), the cinematic roman a clef "Mighty Fine" has some quiet charms.
Mighty Fine is an incisive portrait of an insecure, manic-depressive tyrant that Mr. Palminteri makes entirely believable.
Too many directions can be as much of a liability for a movie as too few, and "Mighty Fine" heads in all of them.
Director Debbie Goodstein-Rosenfeld wraps so much narrative string around this slight ball it unravels messily, despite nice work from the reliable Palminteri.
Hard to imagine how a movie can manage to be so underdeveloped yet so depressing at the same time, but "Mighty Fine" manages to pull it off.
Its most distinctive aspect, unfortunately, is the hilarious sight of MacDowell struggling to speak German-accented English.
The mood is generally melodramatic and ends as mushy, aided by the soft-focus cinematography that drenches it all in melancholic nostalgia.
Debbie Goodstein-Rosenfeld's film seems oddly anemic when it deals with anyone but Chazz Palminteri's Joe.
A semi-autobiographical story of a man's over-reaching, which leads him to consider violent options in dealing with himself and his family.
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