The Whole Shebang (2003)





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Documentary filmmaker George Zaloom takes his first stab at fiction with this comedy about a family dominated both literally and figuratively by explosive personalities. Pop Bazinni (Giancarlo Gianini) is an Italian expatriate who runs his family's fireworks business in New Jersey. After his son dies in a explosion in a storage shed, Pop needs a new second in command, and his cousin, Giovanni (Stanley Tucci), is sent from Italy to help with the business, though Giovanni was chosen less for his business acumen than because he needed a change of scenery after a messy breakup with his girlfriend, Maria (Jo Champa), has left him horribly depressed. As Giovanni learns the ropes of both the fireworks business and life in America, Val (Bridget Fonda), the young widow of Pop's late son, finds herself the focus of the loutish romantic advances of Joey Zito (Anthony DeSando), whose mother (Anna Maria Alberghetti) runs a rival fireworks company eager to find out the secret formulas behind the Bazinni's products. Talia Shire and Alexander Milani head up the film's supporting cast.
Comedy , Drama
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Lions Gate Films


Stanley Tucci
as Giovanni Bazinni
Giancarlo Giannini
as Pop Bazinni
Talia Shire
as Contessa Bazinni
Anthony DeSando
as Joey Zito
Jo Champa
as Maria
John Cassini
as Father Jerry
Luisa Cianni
as Andrea Martelli
Frederico Fuoco
as Anthony Zito
Alexander Milani
as Bobby Bazinni
Frank Ferrucci
as Arturo Bazinni
Jason Schombing
as Ronaldo Bazinni
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Critic Reviews for The Whole Shebang

All Critics (1)

Frankly I've very little idea what to make of this exceedingly weird and consistently mawkish rom-com.

Full Review… | July 2, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Whole Shebang

Could be better...

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Loved this movie...perhaps because of its emphasis on family above all!? Great cast and supporting cast.

Teresa S
Teresa S

Super Reviewer

One of those play-it-safe, keep it light, stay under budget, but still have decent actors and try to at least slightly please everyone, made-for-television pictures. I'm not complaining.


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