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Raymond De Felitta combines warmth, humanity, and a natural sense of humor, and is abetted by Andy Garcia and an excellent ensemble cast. Read critic reviews

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Prison guard Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) wants to quit his job to become an actor, but he also needs to make up for lost time with Tony (Steven Strait), a long lost son who's an inmate where Vince works. When Tony is freed, Vince suggests the ex-convict move in with his wife, Joyce (Julianna Margulies), and their children. But because Vince neglects to tell his family that Tony is not just a stranger, but the son he fathered before he met Joyce, this leads to a series of comic misunderstandings.

Cast & Crew

Andy Garcia
Vince Rizzo
Steven Strait
Tony Nardella
Ezra Miller
Vinnie Rizzo
Carrie Baker Reynolds
Denise
Hope Glendon-Ross
Cheryl
Alan Arkin
Michael Malakov
Jee Young Han
Casting Assistant
Sarah Saltzberg
Casting Director
Curtiss Cook
Matt Cruniff
Maria Teresa Arida
Executive Producer
Milutin G. Gatsby
Executive Producer
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Original Music
Vanja Cernjul
Cinematographer
David Leonard
Film Editor
Franckie Diago
Production Design
Kelley Burney
Set Decoration
Tere Duncan
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  • Jul 03, 2012
    really quirky and funny film. Andy Garcia is a criminally underrated actor and this is proof of the talent he has. He is well supported and the film doesn't subject its characters to cheap laughs. this is a well made and interesting film that is worthy of your time.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2011
    city island, test string
    Anatoliy D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2011
    Perhaps meant as a look inside an area of NYC, similar to Brooklyn Lobster, City Island shows us a very dysfunctional family while giving us a narrative tour of the feel of the title area. The script is reasonable enough and holds enough humorous moments, especially in the closing confrontation where mistaken assumptions collide, but I felt that, especially in the case of lead character Andy Garcia, it laid on the goomba a bit too thickly. Garcia plays a corrections officer who is secretly taking acting lessons in an attempt to fulfill his childhood dream. He was going to go to college and perhaps pursue that dream, but then life kind of got in the way - so now he's taking classes on the sly, telling his wife that he's going to play poker on the nights he's taking classes. While at a class the teacher (nice cameo by the always wonderful Alan Arkin), asks the class to pair up and then tell your partner your deepest secret. Garcia pair up with Emily Mortimer (who is perfectly cast), who slowly tells not only her own secret, but gets Garcia to open up about his own dark secret and then to act on it. She also coerces him to attend a casting call where, in a bit of unbelievability, he lands a call back for a feature film. But reading between the lines, there is a tale of life and a certain brand of love that comes from life experiences. Julianna Margulies plays the "hurricane" of frustrated wife to a tee - knowing her man and loving him, yet frustrated by some of his failings. She and Garcia don't really communicate anymore and keep secrets from each other - from silly things like their continued smoking to much deeper things concerning feelings and desires. In the middle of this there is the all too bright teenage son who has a secret passion for large women. I've heard of this and some of its variations, like feederism - but this is the first film where I've seen it openly presented as a mainstream, almost natural, obsession. Kudos to the scriptwriter for bringing this to light without making a huge joke out of it. While not a work of high art, this film held my interest in spite of a bit of heavy handedness, combining enough of the underlying heaviness of keeping secrets and not following through on life, with a strong bit of natural humor.
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  • Apr 03, 2011
    A good role for garcia, and overall a interesting story about him and his family, his son coming into his life for the first time, and his passion coming through for acting which he has been keeping from his wife whom he feels just wouldent understand, it all comes together very interestingly. yes its sentimental at times but also some good natured humour pulling it along and little observations here and there.
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