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Once More with Feeling (2009)

Once More with Feeling (2009)





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A successful psychiatrist and doting grandfather resurrects his dormant dream of becoming a professional singer while experiencing a personal crisis that mirrors that of his increasingly neurotic daughter in this endearing comedy drama from Flannel Pajamas director Jeff Lipsky. Frank Gregorio (Chazz Palminteri) lives a charmed life; he has a unique gift for helping his patients work through their problems, a beautiful wife, and two gorgeous grandchildren thanks to his eldest daughter Lana (Drea de Matteo). Introduced to karaoke through a patient with parent issues, and then again at his granddaughter's birthday party, Frank finds himself drifting back to the days when all he wanted in life was to become a professional singer. Instead of following his dream back then, Frank chose the practical route in life. When Frank starts exercising his rusty vocal chords, his wife Angela (Maria Tucci) assumes that he's just practicing to sing at their younger daughter's upcoming wedding. Lately, the wannabe crooner is spending more and more time with femme fatale karaoke aficionado Lydia (Linda Fiorentino), who hasn't been entirely forthright about her true intentions towards Frank. Meanwhile, Lana is becoming increasingly neurotic about her post-pregnancy weight, considering plastic surgery and an affair with a strapping police officer in hopes of boosting her self-esteem. As the rash decisions made by Frank and Lana yield unexpectedly dire consequences, the family comes together in a sincere attempt to ensure that the insecure father and daughter realize they will always be loved despite their insecurities.

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Chazz Palminteri
as Frank Gregorio
Drea de Matteo
as Lana Gregorio
Maria Tucci
as Angelina Gregorio
Ezra Barnes
as Plastic Surgeon
Chris Beetem
as Officer Murphy
Matt Doyle
as Young Nonno
Venida Evans
as Lucille
Susan Misner
as Theresa
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"Once More with Feeling" tells the story of the aging Dr. Frank Gregorio (Chazz Palminteri), a successful psychiatrist who has been married for forty years to his beautiful wife Angelina (Maria Tucci), and has two lovely daughters. Dr. Frank had always dreamed about becoming a singer but choose to follow the path his parents wanted, and became a successful doctor instead. With his daughter's wedding coming up he starts practicing to sing at the reception. One night, he and his wife meet Lydia (Linda Fiorentino) in a karaoke bar. Lydia takes an instant liking to Frank, enjoys his singing, and when Frank comes back to the bar to practice without his wife, the two forge a friendship that may not be as innocent as it appears. Simultaneously, Frank's eldest daughter Lana (Drea DeMatteo) is trying desperately to keep up with the demands of her chaotic family life. Her daughter Chloe is extremely precocious and Lana's husband is absent both physically and emotionally. She becomes obsessed that she might be losing her sex appeal and considers plastic surgery and having an affair with a hot and sexy police officer in hopes of boosting her self-esteem. Observation: Lana, like her father, is trying desperately to grasp at something she feels has been lost and it appears that they are both being tempted by people outside their marriages, people whose appreciation of them seem to aid in their desire to regain something that's been lost in their lives. (I guess this is what one means when they refer to midlife crises.)

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