"City Island" Film Review
"City Island" is almost as funny as "Little Miss Sunshine." Andy Garcia plays the father in a hilariously dysfunctional family. He plays Vince Rizzo, a "corrections officer," aka prison guard in a facility near City Island where he and his family live in a house built by his grandfather. City Islanders are divided between "clam diggers" (long time residents) and "mussel suckers" (new arrivals). Rizzo is a proud clam digger.
Each of the Rizzo family members has a secret or two from the rest of the family. Rizzo's son has a fetish for feeding fat women; Rizzo's daughter, played by Garcia's real daughter, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, was kicked out of college for smoking pot in the dorm and is secretly working as a pole dancer in a strip club; Rizzo and his wife both are sneaking smokes while claiming to have quit; and Rizzo meets up with a prisoner who turns out to be his son whose mother he abandoned before he was born, a chapter in his life he has never revealed to his wife. Rizzo's tough, querulous wife is played convincingly by Julianna Marguiles.
Rizzo has secret ambitions to be an actor like Marlon Brando and is taking acting lessons but tells his wife he's playing poker with the boys. Alan Arkin plays the acting teacher, and Rizzo's partner in the acting class is played by British actress and Oxford graduate, Emily Mortimer, who also has a secret.
The movie isn't quite as funny as "Little Miss Sunshine" or "The Big Lebowski," but it had the audience rolling in the aisles tonight at our local indie film theater.
"City Island" Trailer
City Island, Bronx, New York
City Island Review by Roger Ebert
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