Never heard of this movie before? Me neither till I was sent it. Which, as far as I'm concerned, is a huge pity. This reminds me a lot of Little Miss Sunshine [DVD] [2006
], in that it's all about a family who fundamentally love each other, but are all carrying their own secrets, quirks and hang-ups.
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!