about odd and dysfunctional families? Probably because I had one and didn't even know it until years later. Anyhow, I watched a very funny movie this afternoon with that lovely gentleman Andy Garcia in it. It's called City Island and is the story of an island native named Tony Rizzo who works as a corrections officer but dreams of becoming an actor (his Brando imitation is not to be missed). One fateful day, Tony realizes that a new inmate is his long lost son from an ill-fated love affair prior to his marriage - a relationship (and child) that he never told his wife, Joyce, about. She also doesn't know that he's taking an acting class; Joyce thinks he's playing poker with his buddies. At any rate, Tony has his son released into his custody to serve out his parole and takes him home to City Island. I won't ruin the plot for you - because this independent film is well worth watching. The younger son is a hoot - and the daughter, played by Garcia's real-life daughter, has her own set of problems. I'm not a big fan of Juliana Margulies (she was always so intense on ER) but she's not bad as the wife. If you're a fan of quirky films with interesting family dynamics, then City Island is for you.
Aggie and I give it two bags of popcorn.