Uncle Nino (2003)
Uncle Nino (2003)
Critic Consensus: Critics say that despite a warm, well-meaning message about the importance of family ties, Uncle Nino is utterly corny and predictable.
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as Robert Micelli
as Marie Micelli
as Bobby Micelli
as Uncle Nino
as John Cummings
as Police Officer
as Store Customer
as Pinched Grocery Store Customer
as Grocery Store Worker
as Stranger at Airport
as Sample Lady
as Airport Bathroom Lady
as Gina Micelli
as Crush Girl
as Limo Driver
as Pet Store Worker
Critic Reviews for Uncle Nino
A third-rate Robin Williams movie that didn't even have the decency to hire Robin Williams.
Shallcross fails to infuse the proceedings with the wit or distinctiveness necessary to lift it above the crop of its so many similar-themed predecessors.
Both movies have familiar and even hokey aspects, but they're also sincere rather than cynical, and there's something affecting about the very similar messages they're peddling.
Aggressive heartwarmer, which turns out to be much more of a heartburner.
There's not a single surprise or moment of dramatic tension.
Audience Reviews for Uncle Nino
A surprising gem, slow start, but an over all well done character comedy/drama. Yes this type of movie has been done before and is predictable. However the pure charm of the elder Italian Uncle is what makes the film. One of the few family movies that I will have no trouble watching on my own.
Okay, maybe this movie is not up-to-date or "entertaining" like other fast movies. But, it was very cute and very good. It was definatly a low-budget movie but they had a wonderful script. A tear jerker :) Uncle Nino is about a small-town old man from Italy that barely knows any English. He's carrying around this guilt inside because he didn't go to his brother's marriage or funeral because he was in jail for stealing something. So, he goes to visit his brother's son and his family to hopefully make him feel better. They're the normal American family, disfunctional and everyone is leading their own lives, without even sitting down to eat dinner together. As the story goes on, Uncle Nino brings everyone together with his love for dogs and music, doing gardening, and understanding nature. At the end, Uncle Nino teaches them what the true secret of life is - relationships.
A marvelous and memorable film about discovering what's really important in the daily lives of an American middle class family torn apart by schedules and worries. Dysfunctional family at first, Uncle Nino (Joseph Mantegna) comes to his American family from Italy to at first just visit but unintentionally straightens things out not by lecturing, but by example and old world habits. Totally disregarded by the professional critics as corny, predictable. While it may be all of that, it doesn't make much of a difference to those not caring for professional tastes. Joe Mantegna does a magnificient portrayal of the Italian long lost uncle who came to dinner, so to speak. Worth watching once or even more, Uncle Nino is a force to be reckoned with in todays rat race society. ********************************** Starring: Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer, Pierrino Mascarino, Trevor Morgan, Gina Mantegna, Duke Doyle, Daniel Adebayo, Chelcie Ross, Gary Houston, Mindy Bell, Ned Schmidtke, Shanesia Davis-Williams Director: Robert Shallcross
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