City Island

2009 "Truth is stranger than family"
7.4| 1h44m| PG-13| en| More Info
Released: 06 March 2009 Released
Producted By: Lucky Monkey Pictures
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The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con brought home by Vince, the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private.

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Vashirdfel Simply A Masterpiece
SnoReptilePlenty Memorable, crazy movie
Moustroll Good movie but grossly overrated
Roxie The thing I enjoyed most about the film is the fact that it doesn't shy away from being a super-sized-cliche;
Pinocchio Groenhout The plot and problem to be overcome is set very clear from the start of the film. The communication problem faced by everybody today and which is responsible for so much pain is a very actual issue in modern times, where we do not listen and our minds are clouded by our own professional struggles and occupations and that is why we need a film to express this issue and provide some hope and this film does not disappoint at reaching this intended goal.Character development is truly prominent and accompanied by already well defined and somewhat comical but tasteful characters. At early stages it seems impossible that any meaningful flow of emotion can occur between the family members and yet it changes in a very believable way. This provides so much hope to people of today struggling to communicate. As a whole the story is constructed very well, with little to say about loose ends, although Vince Jr. remains excluded and the ultimate adhesion of the family could have extended to him so as to indicate to his progression. A last minor critique is maybe the slight discomfort the confrontations may give some viewers, sensitive to verbal insult and argumentation, although the expression of their dysfunction empathy, understanding and confidence was important so as to state the issue, also it is solved by the end of the film, thus it may be excused.The performance of Emily Mortimer as Molly was brilliant, what a lovable character played by a lovable actress. Molly is truly the advocate of expression here and supports the principle and motive of the story as if she could be a poem on her own at the side of the prose(the story).I can truly advise this film to anyone, just sit tight and don't let the arguments put you off, as the character progression justifies any early discomforts and the existence of a true moral and actual lesson makes it all worth while, it gives hope in a time where family relationships are under immense danger from modern day threats.Hats off to Raymond De Felitta and all involved for this well accomplished story, screenplay and performance.
Chrysanthepop Raymond De Felitta's 'City Island' is a splendid little film set at a lesser known and likable side of the Bronx in New York. The image of the Bronx, in film, as a notorious crime ridden neighborhood ruled by gangs, is turned completely upside down here. Writer and director De Felitta shows us a fun and visually appealing family friendly town. The story revolves around a prison warden and his dysfunctional family which is close to being on the verge of... exploding. A change is noticed upon the arrival of a visitor and when Vince meets a beautiful lady at his acting class, a class he secretly attends unbeknownst to his family (his wife think he's gambling). 'City Island' has a whimsical tone. Humour and quirks are cleverly mixed with one exception. I only thought that the son's fat/feeding fetish was a little overdone and it looked forced on the script in order to make it quirkier. The ending felt a little rushed. With the exception of the Vince Jr. character, all characters are well-defined. Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer and Alan Alda are excellent. Using just a few words, they bring their complex characters to life. Steven Strait does a decent job of humanly playing the character that could have ended up being a caricature. It may have its drawbacks but they are but a few. 'City Island' is charming, funny and entertaining enough to make for a worthy viewing.
Adrien Rain Wonderful movie. You laugh easily!But The only thing i wonder is what the purpose of Ezra Miller's character, Vince Jr, was. I mean, the father, the mother and the daughter had their secrets revealed in a very awkward and funny moment. The son's didn't exploded. In my opinion, the director & writer already had his movie without him.That's why i'll not give him a straight A. But 8 out of 10 is already good, isn't it?Anyway, it's a good comedy. I strongly recommend y'all to see it, you sure at hell will not regret.
niceguy44 Everyone has their secrets, and as they are disclosed there is unexpected forgiveness. I enjoy movies and plays that open up lines of discussion afterward, and this movie allowed us so many avenues of thought, we talked longer than the 104 minutes of movie length. Everything worked. Every scene meant something. There were no villains. Everyone grew. The music was thoughtful and added to the moment, while giving an overall atmosphere. See it on DVD later to get the cast and directors' comments, that will give insight to the power that individuals made during production. I am a better person because I watched this movie, and to me that makes a movie special.