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Uncle Nino (2003)

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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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A visit from a distant relative teaches a modern family about old-fashioned values in this family drama. Robert Micelli (Joe Mantegna) and his wife Marie (Anne Archer) are a couple living in Chicago with their two children, 15-year-old Bobby (Trevor Morgan) and 12-year-old Gina (Gina Mantegna). The Micelli Family is not as close as it once was; Robert is busy with work as he tries to earn a promotion, Marie has given up on cooking as a hobby, Bobby has started a rock & roll band with his friends and prefers to hang out with them, and Gina wants both a puppy and more attention from her dad. One day, Robert's elderly Uncle Nino (Pierrino Mascarino) arrives for a visit from Italy -- much to the surprise of the family, since Gina misplaced the letter Nino sent to announce his impending arrival. It doesn't take long for Nino to see that he's staying with an unhappy family, and he reaches out to them, reintroducing Marie to her love of good food, teaching Bobby about music, and teaching Gina about caring for pets and enjoying life; however, convincing Robert to spend more time with his family and less time worrying about work turns out to be a tough sell. Uncle Nino initially failed to find a distributor until the film's producers booked it into a theater in Grand Rapids, MI, where the film became a surprise hit playing to steady crowds for over a year.

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Cast

Joe Mantegna
as Robert Micelli
Anne Archer
as Marie Micelli
Trevor Morgan
as Bobby Micelli
Chelcie Ross
as Stewart
Ned Schmidtke
as Executive
Ian Belknap
as John Cummings
Freeman Coffey
as Police Officer
Marilyn Dodds Frank
as Store Customer
Ora Jones
as Pinched Grocery Store Customer
John Judd
as Grocery Store Worker
Keegan-Michael Key
as Stranger at Airport
Margaret Kusterman
as Sample Lady
Krista Lally
as Airport Bathroom Lady
Gia Mantegna
as Gina Micelli
Carley Reiff
as Crush Girl
Francis Polo
as Student
Dale RIvera
as Limo Driver
Abby Sher
as Pet Store Worker
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Critic Reviews for Uncle Nino

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (15)

A third-rate Robin Williams movie that didn't even have the decency to hire Robin Williams.

March 3, 2005 | Rating: D+
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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.

February 26, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

February 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Aggressive heartwarmer, which turns out to be much more of a heartburner.

February 14, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
New York Times
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There's not a single surprise or moment of dramatic tension.

February 12, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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An effortless heartwarmer that manages to be utterly corny but quite likable.

February 11, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Uncle Nino

Awe...what a nice, charming, cute, entertaining family movie! I really enjoyed the music at the end with Uncle Nino playing with the boys. Good job!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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