City Island
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A dysfunctional family living on a picturesque island in the Bronx spares no expense in avoiding the truth about their messed-up lives in writer/director Raymond de Felitta's dark family comedy. The family patriarch, Vince (Andy Garcia) is a prison guard who is secretly plotting a new career as an actor. Meanwhile, as Vince takes acting lessons on the down low, his daughter moonlights as a stripper and his younger namesake harbors a secret fetish that involves the family's 300-pound neighbor. Under normal circumstances Vincent's wife, Joyce (Julianna Margulies), would be the family… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"Andy Garcia demonstrates real comic chops in this charming comedy of family dysfunction."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The slice-of-life comedy City Island is a charming throwback filled with authentic characters."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Andy Garcia is a pleasant enough guide to almost rate a visit to this City, but all the conflict here lies on the surface."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Wacky film makes smoking, teen fetish part of the joke."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Everybody has a secret and is too dumb to work out what those secrets are, a specious bit of plotting designed to pad out the running time of this shrill farce beyond its natural sit-com length."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"This is the kind of movie that could easily sink into comedy hijinks as broad and flat as pappardelle. But it doesn't. De Felitta... makes no apologies for the outrageousness of the coincidences and gloriously knotty relationships and secrets."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"A funny, heartfelt look at families, relationships and the lies that prop them up as much as tear them down."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"an enjoyably offbeat slice of amusingly dysfunctional family life"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"De Felitta chose well by casting 24-year-old actor Steven Strait, who gives the exasperated convict humor, charm, and sex appeal - something that doesn't go unnoticed by Joyce, or many of the women in the audience as well."
‑ Alison Gang, San Diego Union-Tribune
"This feature might work better as a television series, but Garcia himself gives the picture some much-needed ballast."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Writer-director Raymond De Felitta has cut together a frustrating comedy, with the misunderstandings piling up like kindling for a bonfire that his movie never lights."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Writer-director Raymond De Felitta is essentially offering a kinky-comic New Yawk version of a Greek tragedy here, and even if the whole thing is pretty implausible, it's also fairly entertaining."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"An enjoyable film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Melding the abundant misunderstandings of a Shakespeare comedy with the New York wit of a Neil Simon play, City Island is a boisterous charmer with a big heart."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"There's nothing earth-shatteringly new, but you do end up wishing the characters well, and I was happy to have spent time with them."
‑ , Daily Mail [UK]
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