Two Family House
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Raymond De Felitta directs this warm, colorful tale about a blue collar dreamer who gets more than he bargained for after buying a two-family house. Set during the 1950s in Staten Island, the film charts the financial failures of Buddy (Michael Rispoli), a nice-guy entrepreneur who has perpetual bad luck. While he was in the army, he sang songs on stage to bolster troop morale. During one performance, he received a warm reception from none other than Arthur Godfrey, who invited him to audition when he got back to the U.S. After the war, Buddy's crushingly pragmatic wife Estelle (Katherine… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unfortunately, the look, pace, and structure of the film stop feeling elegantly restrained and pass into something like boilerplate mediocrity."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Michael Rispoli is so perfect in each and every scene that you can't even imagine him playing any other parts, much less somebody else playing his."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"For once, an American urban movie skips the flag-waving etiquette of ethnic reconciliation."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
"Low key yet utterly charming..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Full of honest moments, even if always told with a comedic flair, the film feels like a blend of a true story and a fairy tale."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"sneaks up on you in the nicest ways"
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"It all comes off like a bad episode of The King of Queens, just moved to a different borough."
‑ Christopher Null,
"A world-class winner [about] a perpetual dreamer stepping up to the plate in a poignant grand slam story of ambitions lost & gained among ethnic outcasts of 1956 Staten Island"
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"This flinty and inspiring drama salutes the efforts of an ordinary, working-class man to follow his bliss."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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