Homie Spumoni (2006)





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Donald Faison, Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Joey Fatone, and Whoopi Goldberg star in actor-turned-writer/director Mike Cerrone's identity crisis comedy concerning a young black man raised as an Italian-American. Renato may be black, but don't tell him that. Ever since he was just a young boy Renato was raised by Italian-Americans, and now that he's a grown man he refuses to even consider that he might be anything else. All of that quickly changes, however, when Renato's birth parents show up one day in an attempt to make good on the misdeeds of their past. When Renato realizes that he has been black all along, he rejects his Italian family, breaks-up with his Jewish girlfriend, and makes a concerted effort to connect with his true origins. But as Renato is about to realize, he will never truly become the man he was born to be if he isn't comfortable in his own skin.
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Donald Faison
as Renato
Joey Fatone
as Buddy
Linda Kash
as Mrs. Butterman
Kira Clavell
as Nipp Su
Paul Mooney
as George
Jason Schombing
as Dr. Finklestein
Tony Nappo
as Uncle Nicky
Tony Rock
as Dana
Joe Pingue
as Paulie
Nadia Capone
as Norine
Anna Starnino
as Mrs. Caputo
Rhona Shekter
as Shirley
Lucy Filippone
as Mrs. Rossi
Michelle Arvizu
as Angelina
Lina Felice
as Maria
Amelia Vega
as Chanice
Lynval Wynter
as Young Dana
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Critic Reviews for Homie Spumoni

All Critics (2)

A narrow-minded flick that squanders its potential by choosing to trade in so many superficial stereotypes promoting a backwards-thinking definition of what it means to be African-American.

Full Review… | October 8, 2007

An equal opportunity take-no-prisoners, smooth satirical sendup of the state of race relations in the country right now.

September 1, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Homie Spumoni

This is incredibly cheesy, low-budget and unrealistic... but it's also whimsical and charming and quite often really funny. You can't expect miracles from a film with this premise, but it's definitely cute and entertaining. I only watched it because Joey Fatone is in it, but I'm really glad I did.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

Homie Spumoni (regardless of how stupid the name is) winded up being a fairly entertaining and surprisingly funny (at times) low-budget, straight to DVD comedy about an Italian family who takes in an abandoned black baby as their own, then move to America, where the black baby (who winds up being Donald Faison) grows up to embody the Italian culture; even disregarding the black community. As things progress, he interacts with his best friend (Joey Fatone of N'SYNC, whose surprisingly decent in this film) and gets a new jewish girlfriend (the VERY beautiful Jamie-Lynn Sigler of Soprano's fame), but Faison's character finally reunites with his black family, consisting of parents Whoopi Goldberg and Paul Moody (who are both decently funny) and brother Tony Rock (Chris Rock's brother, who has his moments). Now, Faison's character starts to re-learn his black roots while his Italian seems to slowly fade away. The film is fun and features decent direction from Mike Cerrone (more popular for being a common character actor for Farrelly Brothers' films). Some of the jokes do fall flat, and the twists involving race get a little outta control and sappy. Overall, though, very decent, straight-laced (mostly language makes up the R-rating) comedy. I liked it.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

Quality of a movie can't be the label here. But I could find plenty of times where the humor of the film made me laugh.

Matthew Halsey
Matthew Halsey

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