Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire (2000)



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Two brothers look for love under unusual circumstances in this independent comedy. Chris Remi (Derek Martini) and his brother Tony (Steven Martini) have an unusual family background: their parents, an Italian-American man and a Native-American woman, met on a tour of a Hollywood studio, and their Grandmother bestowed on them semi-traditional American Indian names, "Goat on Fire" and "Smiling Fish." These days, high-strung Chris and good-natured Tony share the house they grew up in following their parents' death in a traffic accident. Chris is having problems with his girlfriend Alison (Amy Hathaway), who bursts into tears whenever they have sex; meanwhile, Tony's girlfriend Nicole (Heather Jae Marie) is ready to give Tony his walking papers if he can't straighten himself out, though he's already got his eye on Kathy (Christa Miller), who delivers the mail in his neighborhood. Chris, who works for an accounting firm, is asked one day by his boss to pick up his Uncle Clive (Bill Henderson) from the airport. Clive used to work as a soundman for a independent African-American film company in the 1940s; he loves to reminisce about the old days and compares love to capturing "the perfect magnetic wave." Clive proves to be a romantic catalyst when Chris meets Anna (Rosemarie Addeo), an Italian immigrant who trains animals, and a fast friendship looks like it could grow into something more. The feature-film debut for Martin Scorsese protege Kevin Jordan, Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire won the Film Discovery at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.
Comedy , Romance
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Derick Martini
as Chris Remi
Steven Martini
as Tony Remi
Bill Henderson
as Clive Winter
Amy Hathaway
as Alison
Nicole Rae
as Natalie
Jeff Kern
as Mike
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Critic Reviews for Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

One of those hand-made movies that sneaks into festivals and wins friends.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 2, 2004

It was meant to be pleasant but I found it uninspiring.

Full Review… | October 29, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A sweet little slice of life story about three guys in search of love.

Full Review… | January 31, 2001
Internet Reviews

It's a small, unassuming movie. And that's the best thing about it.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Christian Science Monitor

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire

The title is the names their Indian grandmother gave two brothers. Except for that, it has nothing to do with the movie. It;s about relatonships, and how we handle them or mess with them. Good movie.

Glen Shrope
Glen Shrope

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