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City Island [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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Andy Garcia plays a born-and-bred New Yorker, Vince Rizzo, who is a prison guard by day, but has ambitions of being the next Marlon Brando, so is taking acting classes on the side, telling his wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies) that he's going to poker games.
While at the classes, Vince meets Molly (Emily Mortimer), who tries to help him see a way through his current crises.
Meanwhile, Vince also discovers that his son Tony (whose wife he ran out on) is banged up in his prison, so he brings him home without telling anyone who Tony really is (least of all Tony).
Add to that, Vince and Joyce's kids who have their own things going on and you have the set-up for what is effectively a cleverly-written, gentle farce, albeit one set in New York.
The unravelling of the various plot strands is not exactly subtle, but the gentle humour comes from the way that the dialogue is delivered (particularly Garcia, who I never realised was such a good comedy actor) and the performances from all the characters are all very believeable and well-judged.
It's a shame that this didn't get a proper release in cinemas in the UK, as it's the sort of film that would have done well through word of mouth. I chuckled consistently throughout and found it to be a great way to pass 90 minutes.
This isn't Oscar material, but it's a thoroughly feelgood movie and one that deserves a wider viewing. Highly recommended!
No spoilers in any of the above, by the way; all this is established very early on, because there's quite an amount of exposition to cram into the ninety minutes of the movie.
The first time I encountered Andy was as a svelte, cool, extremely handsome gangster in `Things to do in Denver when You're Dead'. Time has marched on and Andy is now middle-aged, slightly paunchy and a bit too facially reminiscent of Paul Morley for comfort. But, he can still pass for handsome - and he can still act.
Billed as a comedy, 'City Island' is a bit too short on outright laughs, but it's a nice friendly drama that is fine on the small screen, but was possibly deemed just a little bit too lightweight to achieve success as a mainstream release at the UK cinema box office. Eminently watchable, it features nice performances from all concerned - including the great Alan Arkin as Vince's acting coach. He hilariously manages to deconstruct Brando's acting technique during one of his too short appearances on screen. And Emily Mortimer (daughter of Sir John) also plays her role as Vince's acting class friend without displaying her occasional penchant for overacting.Read more ›
This is a thoroughly enjoyable film with some fine performance by Julianna Margulies with a performance of his lifetime for Andy Garcia. Haunting, poignant story telling engaging movingly with themes of truth, deception and recovery. Top stuff!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my favourite movies! It's hilarious and very quirky - so refreshing compared to the other manufactured comedies that are churned out each year. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Megan C
A nice family tale,well told and with good acting. If you like films with belivable characters you will enjoy this.Published 9 months ago by Rip
A film with many different plot lines cantered around a dysfunctional family. The characters are likeable but with no outstanding performances. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2013 by Tim
"City Island" is a film about a slightly dysfunctional family that live on City Island. They have their secrets. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2013 by The Movie Guy
Bought this on DVD after seeing it on Sky by chance, had never heard of it. Not a big budget film, came out as an independent. Such a funny yet unassuming film. Fantastic acting. Read morePublished on 24 April 2013 by catwoman72
This film was unexpectedly insightful, funny and layered. I first saw this film on digital and had to buy it for my sister. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2013 by Stevie
Such a wonderful light-hearted film with plenty of comic moments and just as many sentimental ones. The characters are uplifting with plenty of depth. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2012 by Ashleigh
Andy Garcia with a heart? True - here he's an average, flawed but decent and at times vulnerable family man, who has more success communicating with his charges at the correctional... Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2012 by Tim Kidner