City Island

City Island

(2009)

Set in a quaint fishing community on the outskirts of New York City, this is a comedy about a family whose compulsive capacity to lie creates a perfect storm of deception, half truths and confusion...... More

Dad Vince (Andy Garcia) is the worst offender: a corrections officer who won't admit that "poker night" is in fact acting class, plus he has an illegitimate son. His daughter works as a stripper when she's supposed to be in college, while young Vinnie Jr has a secret sexual fetish that involves a 24-hour webcam and the family's 140kg neighbour. Vince's fiery wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies) is the family's rock, but it's been a year since she enjoyed intimacy with her husband, and she thinks "poker night" spells "affair".

When Vince's drama teacher (Alan Arkin) encourages him to reveal his biggest secret in class, the father becomes inspired by the truth. He brings his other son (Steven Strait) into the family and sets off a chaotic chain of events that turns his mundane suburban life upside down.Hide

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BY BrionyJae superstar

Didn't know quite what to expect from this film, as the actors aren't particularly well known... but it was just hilarious! I wouldn't call it predictable, even though I could kind of guess how it might turn out - the way it DOES turn out is even more funny than I could have imagined :D Light, fluffy comedy, I'd definitely recommend it!


BY Weds_Loafers superstar

This is one of those great little US "indie" flicks (think "Juno", "Little Miss Sunshine") about a family with deep secrets. We watch the inevitable unfolding and outing of these secrets and the consequences that follow. It's well acted with a terrific script. A thoroughly enjoyable experience .


If you want to laugh and have fun, go and see this movie. Highly recommended.


Most enjoyable movie I've seen in ages. Warm, funny but not in a sentimental way.


This movie was just a whim, spur of the moment kind of thing. It was a nice surprise. Funny, witty and watchable. The only bad part was that the ending is a bit sucky, but don't let that put you off seeing it.


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  • Vince is a man with a dream. Marlon Brando is his god. He would like to become an actor. This is not likely. He's well into his 40s, a prison guard living with his family on City Island, a bucolic outcrop of the Bronx known mostly to its residents. Telling his wife he's going to a poker game, Vince attends acting classes in Manhattan. In one class, Vince creates a spot-on imitation, not of Marlon Brando, but of bad Brando imitators. Full Review

  • The real City Island is less of an actual island and more a big sandbar, really. Full Review

  • An, at-times, marvellous muddle of high farce and low-brow chuckles Full Review

  • A labour of love for producer-star Andy Garcia, this drama of blue collar lives in New York is a little on the soapy side, says Peter Bradshaw Full Review

  • A professionally executed farce of the yelling-family variety, “City Island” revolves around a blue-collar clan with more secrets than filters. At the head of the table is Vince (Andy Garcia), a stolid corrections officer and clandestine acting student; facing him is Joyce (Julianna Margulies), the wife who wonders where the passion has gone. Add a daughter (Mr. Garcia’s real-life daughter, Dominik Garcia-Lorido) who’s stripping instead of studying and a teenage son (Ezra Miller) who fantasizes about feeding doughnuts to fat women and you have a household that, even by current comedy standards, strains credulity. Full Review

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