Uncle Nino Reviews
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.
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
The movie is not bad, it just isn't special.
Eccentric italian grandfather saves a dysfunctional family but straightening out their priorities.