Release Date: February 11, 2005
Starring: Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer,
Pierrino Mascarino, Trevor
Morgan, and Gina Mantegna
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: Not Available
Distributor: Lange Film Releasing/Newmarket
Director: Robert Shallcross
Executive Producer: Barney Visser
Producer: David James
Writer: Robert Shallcross
Address Comments To:John Lange
Lange Film Releasing
c/o Newmarket Films
President Bob Berney
597 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 303-1700
Fax: (212) 421-1163
Movie Website: www.uncleninothemovie.com
Robert’s son Bobby struggles the most from this lack of parenting. He hangs out with two questionable teenagers, a white guy with many peircings named Bones and a black guy named Joey. They harass their middle-class neighborhood by toilet papering their neighbors’ houses. Furthermore, they want to enter their band in their high school’s band competition, but they are only freshmen and considered unworthy.
Meanwhile, the mother, Maria, works too hard to cook dinner and the daughter, Gina, only wants a dog, which her father continually denies her.
Uncle Nino brings wine, joy and values into the family. He even subtly thanks God for each day. He plays the violin and becomes a member of Bobby’s garage band. Even Uncle Nino has some dark secrets, however. Before there can be healing, everyone needs to confess, repent and forgive.
UNCLE NINO is a well-directed movie. Joe Mantegna is a terrific actor. He excels in this movie, as do the other actors. They play real, flawed, complex, and likeable people. The writing is better than most small movies, although it does have its moments of static dialogue and jumping character development. These problems are very few and far between.
At first blush, Robert is like many Hollywood fathers, because of his obsession with work. (This is always amusing since Hollywood obsesses with work than many other groups in our economy.) It soon becomes clear, however, that everyone is complicit in their father’s problem.
Of course, God wants us to have balance. He wants us to have a day of rest and forces His people to spend several days in a tent every year so they can’t carry on their businesses and trades.
There are some wonderful resolutions to the issues in this movie. UNCLE NINO has one of the most heartwarming endings in today’s movies. This fact will endear the movie to many people. Better yet, there are very few problem areas with the moral content in UNCLE NINO. The children surprisingly don’t indulge in sex or drugs, although there is one chain-smoking punk who gives up smoking. Surprisingly, there are no profanities, but there are some light obscenities.
In some ways, UNCLE NINO feels too subtle and gentle. It seems as if there’s a more redemptive, more Christian story crying out to be told. As it is, however, it is a very pleasant movie about restoring a dysfunctional family.
UNCLE NINO is a well-directed movie. Joe Mantegna is a terrific actor. He excels in this movie, as do the other actors. UNCLE NINO has one of the most heartwarming endings in today’s movies. This fact will endear the movie to many people. Better yet, there are very few problem areas with the moral content in UNCLE NINO. The children surprisingly don’t indulge in sex or drugs, for instance. The movie contains some light obscenities, however.