Truth Is Stranger Than Family
Release Date: March 19, 2010
Starring: Andy Garcia, Julianna
Margulies, Steven Strait, Alan
Arkin, Dominik Garcia-Lorido,
and Ezra Miller
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Anchor Bay Films/Starz LLC
Director: Raymond De Felitta
Executive Producer: Maria Teresa Arida, ilutin G.
Gatsby, Grzegorz Hajdarowicz,
Michael Roban, and Lucia
Producer: Raymond De Felitta, Andy
Garcia, Zachary Matz, and
Writer: Raymond De Felitta
Address Comments To:Robert Clasen, Chairman/CEO
Starz LLC (Starz Entertainment, Overture Films, Anchor Bay Films)
8900 Liberty Circle
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: (720) 852-7700; Fax: (720) 852-8555
The patriarch, Vince (played by Andy Garcia) and his mind-of-her-own wife Joyce (played by Julianna Margulies) both seem to be grappling with the “is-this-all-there-is-to-life” question in their own peculiar way. Their teenage son Vince Jr. secretly surfs the Internet to satisfy his voyeuristic obsession of clothed “large women” and their eating habits. The college-age daughter Vivian secretly works in a strip club.
With the energy and passion of an Italian opera on the surface, the real drama of the Rizzo family is tightly wound around their collective ability to keep their deepest, darkest secrets from each other. However, the teapot begins to whistle from the pressure when an outsider is brought into the household. Vince brings home the tattooed parolee hunk Tony from his job where he works as a correction officer. And, the reason for him doing so is so deeply personal to Vince – it also remains a secret to his family.
Rounding out the cast is the beautiful and charming Emily Mortimer as a struggling actress, and the acting teacher, played by Alan Arkin, who adds some spice to the movie.
While everyone has something to hide in CITY ISLAND, it’s deliciously entertaining to be that fly on the wall and witness the unraveling of the Rizzo family until all that is left are the vulnerable, flawed, yet genuinely human characters whom we have come to love as much as they realize how much they love each other. The movie is well written and evenly directed by Raymond De Felitta. Garcia’s performance resonates with a masculine strength yet a vulnerable warmth that reaffirms our hope that a family man still has a respectable place in today’s society.
CITY ISLAND is a feel good movie with some mature themes and some content issues that require strong caution. The movie stresses some profoundly important messages of the importance of honesty, forgiveness and commitment to family.
There is too much foul language and some crude sexual references, however. Even so, the overall tone remains positive and comedic. Moviegoers still will need to exercise strong caution.
CITY ISLAND is well written and evenly directed by Raymond De Felitta. Andy Garcia’s performance as Vince resonates with a masculine strength yet a vulnerable warmth. CITY ISLAND is a feel good movie with some mature themes and some content issues that require strong caution. The movie stresses some profoundly important messages of the importance of honesty, forgiveness and commitment to family. There is too much foul language and some crude sexual references. The overall tone, however, remains positive and comedic. Moviegoers should still exercise strong caution.