I feel a little guilty not liking this movie enough to recommend. It pushes all the right buttons: a downtrodden family struggling to survive, cute kids, adults with hearts of gold. The story is just too plodding and uneventful. Tip o' the hat, however, to Sakura Ando who gives a superb performance.
This one of those movies where nothing really happens, where you're supposed to find interest in the interpersonal dynamic of the characters. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. This is one of those movies where it doesn't quite work.
I was a little disappointed. The movie seems more interested in depicting the unrest of the 60s rather than the machinations of a mafia family, and while the former was done very well I turned this movie on for the latter. The gangster elements concentrated on two characters, Dickie Molisanti and Harold McBrayer, who weren't even in the series. I wish this would have been better.
The attempts at humor fall flat, but that's the least of this movie's problems. Everyone in this film is a spoiled, whiny, complaining little bitch. There's not a single likeable character in this entire fiasco.