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A Wake In Providence (2005)

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Anthony (Vincent Pagano) is a white fledging actor who is in a happy relationship with Alissa (Victoria Rowell), who is beautiful, gainfully employed, and black. In spite of being sharply reminded that it has been 30 years since Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Anthony is reluctant to introduce her to his large traditional-minded family. Yet when Alissa does accompany Anthony home when his grandfather dies, he learns that race is only one of many issues this eccentric family contends with; two of Anthony's cousins are under the mistaken belief that they are wanted by the mob, his uncle talks endlessly about his testicles, and his aunt takes Alissa aside and tells her that the only way to survive in this wacky family is to drink. A Wake in Providence was screened at the 1999 Boston Film Festival.

Cast

Mike Pagano
as Frankie
Adrienne Barbeau
as Aunt Lidia
Lisa Raggio
as Claudia
Kaye Kingston
as Gram Baldassarre
Louis Guss
as Uncle Guy
Micole Mercurio
as Aunt Elaine
Sam Coppola
as Uncle Joe
Magda Harout
as Aunt Alma
John Capodice
as Uncle Sal
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Critic Reviews for A Wake In Providence

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

A warm-hearted ethnic comedy in the vein of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

November 10, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
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The performers' warmth and air of good cheer make one forgiving of the film's predictability.

November 10, 2005 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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Hilarious and filled with wonderful characters and situations.

April 15, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Zesty indie comedy from Rhode Island is a winner, with ethnic humor easily mixing with universal truths about dealing with families.

April 13, 2005 | Full Review…
Variety
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[A] witless farce.

November 11, 2005 | Rating: 1/4

It's somewhat ironic that writer-actors Vincent and Mike Pagano intend "Providence" to be a film about getting past ethnic stereotypes, since they apparently couldn't.

August 25, 2005 | Rating: 1/4
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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