A Wedding for Bella (2003)

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Pastry, Gypsy dancing, and Scott Baio all feature prominently in this independent romantic comedy from Pittsburgh, which focuses on the relationship between three brothers and an elderly Italian couple. Dominic (Baio), Eddie (Billy Mott), and Pino (Shuler Hensley) are brothers who have little in common aside from the bakery they own together. Dominic works for a management firm and specializes in firing people; Pino is mentally handicapped; and Eddie is a womanizer. The brothers are close friends with Massimo and Bella, the Italian couple who live upstairs, and when Dominic learns that Bella is sick, he decides to do whatever he can to make her feel better. This includes a full-fledged attempt to get Massimo and Bella's errant daughter Lucca to come home for Christmas. This being a romantic comedy, it doesn't take long for Dominic to realize that he has other motives for wanting Lucca to come home, motives that don't have a great deal to do with Bella's health. The Bread, My Sweet was screened at the 2002 Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema.
Rating:
PG-13 (Sexuality, Some Sexual References and Language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Cast

John Amplas
as Jimmy
Scott Baio
as Dominic
Martin Kim
as Customer
John Seitz
as Massimo
John Bechtol
as Jeffrey
Rose Bray
as Rose
Adrienne Wehr
as Tamela
Billy Mott
as Eddie
Nardi Novak
as Nancy the Cop
Dan Stafford
as Boardroom Guy
Nancy Bach
as 2nd Doctor
Jody O'Donnell
as Preston
Nick Tallo
as Bomba
Philip Winters
as Dr. Wahl
Fred Lehman
as Lorenzo
Mary Harvey
as Sister Grace
Barbara Thomas
as Donna the Cop
Katherine McKenna
as Coffee Shop Regular
Rachel McCartney
as Street Musician
Manik Bhojwani
as Boardroom Drone
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Critic Reviews for A Wedding for Bella

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (20)

You'll know better, but you'll still like it.

Full Review… | October 30, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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Contrived and clichéd, the dramatic momentum ends long before the movie does.

October 30, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

If you're willing to swallow those formulaic plot machinations, you may reasonably enjoy this rough-hewn debut effort, which is far more effective in its quieter, dialogue-heavy moments than when it attempts more ambitious cinematic conceits.

October 27, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Alas, good intentions do not always a good movie make.

October 23, 2003
New York Post
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Pretty much of a mess, full of narrative gaps and characters who arbitrarily appear and disappear.

October 23, 2003
New York Times
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Despite good performances and a warm ambience, this squishy story needed more time in the oven.

October 23, 2003
Newsday
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Audience Reviews for A Wedding for Bella

beautiful i wish there were more movies that had sutch emotion in it like this one does, now one of my favrite tear jerkers :)

Samantha Anderson
Samantha Anderson

[I]A Wedding for Bella[/I] is absolutely one of my favorites! I love the simplicity and genuine kindness protrayed in this movie. It encompasses all the best parts of a classically "B" movie! Watch it, you'll love it! :) :up: :up: :up: :up: :up: :up: :up: :up:

petun iagirl
petun iagirl

A rich but regrettably lumpy pastry, with moments of genuine drama redeeming an almost defiantly hokey plot.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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