Sunday, March 11, 2012

City Island (2009)

Director: Raymond De Felitta. Cast: Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer, Alan Arkin. 104 min. Rated PG-13. Comedy/Drama.

Watching this, I could almost swear it was written by the writers of Little Miss Sunshine, as the structure is exactly the same: through comedic quarrels and coincidences, a super-dysfunctional family headed by Andy Garcia, slowly get to know each other better, and realize they have more in common then their differences portray. To make it more Sunshine, even Alan Arkin is in there. But then the ending suddenly becomes so contrived and tacked on, everything falls apart, and you lose confidence in a great movie opportunity that was just lost.

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