City Island (2009) - Comedy, Drama

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Prison guard Vince tells Molly from acting class, that one inmate is his 24 y.o. love child. Vince takes him home to stay with his family - straight A son with fat girl fetish, college dropout/stripper daughter and cute wife.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Raymond De Felitta
Stars: Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 7 out of 103 found boring (6.79%)

One-line Reviews (56)

Best entertaining movie i have watched in many years i started to feel human again after watching it so human...

Although the acting is a little cheesy and stagy and the story a little contrived, this is an entertaining movie.

Also, Raymond de Felitta's wonderful script helped teach real situations, and try using comedy and drama to make it entertaining.

Well played, worth watching .

But that doesn't really matter too much because the proceedings are nonstop fun and sometimes even a little suspenseful.

The comedy aspect is enjoyable with flying dialogues, good quid pro quos and pretty funny scenes.

But the drama aspect is bland and unfolds badly.

All this Rizzo secret madness is wrapped up into a convoluted, but yet, engaging narrative that you will most certainly adore.

As we leave the Rizzos around the dining table, we realize that finally, the family has come together in unexpected ways.

There is too much contrived plot for the amount of dramatic geography, and the actors are really better than this.

OK for that kind of thing, but it was a jarring jolt from interesting to tedious for me.

But other than that the movie holds up and delivers with some snappy dialogue.

I left bored and disappointed in the entire story as there was perhaps 15 minutes of non-yawn time, while the rest was a sleeper.

What really bugged me was the degeneration of the movie into the most obvious, predictable, sappy shtick during the last 20 minutes.

The script is funny and emotionally engaging, and I really couldn't have asked for a better ending.

If "City Island" has one major flaw, it's that the filmmaker uses a hoary TV sitcom trope, in which the wife thinks her husband is having an affair through some contrived misunderstanding.

Nevertheless it's a good romp worth seeing for a fairly snappy script.

Their son is a brainiac who is too bored to finish high school, and who becomes fascinated with a heavyset neighbor who operates a website showing her cooking.

This was so enjoyable.

Writer-Director Raymond De Fellita's engaging & entertainment gem has been transported to my fantastical island of quality film-fare.

Attending acting lessons, nervously joining the seemingly endless queue of other actors hoping for the part and his stilted, clumsy first audition attempt were more tedious than amusing, especially when compared to all the other funny and fast- paced subplots.

Since we know everyone's stories and hangups, there are no big surprises at the end, but the way the story lines come together is entertaining.

This movie will take you down several paths, the individual lives of each member of this crazy, dramatic, dysfunctional family, where at first you think the ends of those paths are obvious, then twists and turns into something completely unexpected.

The sub-plots involving his daughter being a stripper and his son having a fetish for overweight women are admittedly a little bizarre, but Andy Garcia's performance as the gentle soul just trying to do right in the world keeps this WoodyAllenesque soap opera entertaining as all hell.

What elevates this dark comedy to something compelling and infinitely memorable are the universally strong performances, confident direction and most importantly -- one of the best scripts in years.

The exact reason I go to the art house is to see filmmakers take risks that Hollywood wouldn't, and when you take that dynamic away, you're left with bland, marginally distinct stories that have little to no reason to be told.

The film has its flaws: for one, it's slightly uneventful and (apart from Garcia's and Marguiles' characters) many of the characters achieve a rapid and unsatisfactory catharsis.

Highly entertaining .

Boasting the same underlying strengths by way of actors and writing, both are perplexingly entertaining for movies with such a humble story arc and could easily be dismissed as pompous Oscar bait.

Only the ending is contrived.

Its almost as though someone has tried to emulate all the facets of "The Royal Tenenbaums", but here the quirky characters are somehow stale and contrived.

I found it to be quite predictable with nobody in the family listening to anybody else and a whole lot of shouting (maybe the director has been watching too many soaps where shouting seems to be the equivalent of good acting).

However most of them tend to be pseudo-intellectual, clichéd, badly written and boring films that desperately try to look special.

It is a shame that many of these secrets that form the major plot points and climaxes of the picture are revealed in City Island's trailer because it makes for a far more predictable and less surprising adventure.

Well yeah, sure, its not the greatest film ever, but it's very entertaining and I recommend it to everyone seeking a nice non-Hollywood-ish film to have fun with.

Everyone has their secrets, and as they are disclosed there is unexpected forgiveness.

This leads to many entertaining moments, while not loosing its momentum.

Very enjoyable thought provoking movie .

The movie deals with Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia), a prison guard whose life seems stagnant and uneventful.

'City Island' is charming, funny and entertaining enough to make for a worthy viewing.

Good after work film, funny, entertaining and you won't have nightmares.

To save himself from utter boredom from his dysfunctional family, Vince moonlights as an actor, taking classes from a politically incorrect teacher (Alan Arkin) and trying to audition for his first role on a Martin Scorsese film alongside with Robert De Niro.

Joyce (Juliana Margulies) suspects her husband Vince (Andy Garcia) of having an affair, while the real reason behind his "poker nights" is quite fascinating.

I thought the characters were stereotypes; so the storyline was rather predictable except perhaps the likes of the young son in the family.

I think this is one of the best movies that I've seen in which the lines makes it funnier than ever, and I enjoyed it all.

I knew pretty early into it that things were going to be conflicting and confusing.

The series of improbable coincidences are just too many and contrived to make this a movie to recommend for anyone unless she/he is looking for pure escape.

My only complaint was that Vince's acting lessons and try-out for a part in a movie were dragged out longer than needed.

City Island is entertaining, comedic, touching, and should not be missed.

Plot: A father who wants to be an actor, a mother who feels like her marriage is close to an end, a stripper daughter and her BBW obsessed brother and finally an unexpected "guest".

A truly enjoyable movie that might have been even better with some footage left on the cutting room floor.

I didn't quite know what to expect when I sat down to watch this, but suffice to say I enjoyed it.

Yet there are still enough laughs and moments of poignancy to make this one of the more thoughtful and engaging American comedies so far this year.

So if you're looking to cool off on a hot day and you're a pre-empty nester or empty nester, then you will probably like something about this movie's abbreviated time frame.

The script is bitingly sharp, cinematography excellent, directing relaxed, and characters engaging because all of them are so darned fallible.

What's going on in "City Island" works, to an extent, from a directorial standpoint, a visual standpoint, and a performance standpoint—but from a screen writing standpoint, you should be able to generate a compelling list of reasons why someone would want to sit through your movie.