City Island

1 h 43 min2010X-RayPG-13
Meet the Rizzos, a fuedel family in the throws of battle as their bizarre and layered lies unravel. A star-studded cast including Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Alan Arkin, and Emily Mortimer create a perfect storm of deception.
Raymond De Felitta
Andy GarciaJulianna MarguliesSteven Strait
English [CC]
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Alan ArkinEmily MortimerEzra Miller
Maria Teresa AridaMilutin G. GatsbyMichael RobanLucia Seabra
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

831 global ratings

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hltmdReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Unexpected Delight
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As a southerner who married into an Italian NYC family, the back and forth of the family dinner table was familiar, but the family depicted here wasn't as "dysfunctional" as it was endearing. City Island is revealed as a secret enclave in New York that I knew nothing about, although my family is very close by in Long Island. The surprise was the huge emotional treat awaiting the viewer as personal secrets of the family are revealed with good outcome in this wonderfully acted and written film. I watch 80 to 100 films a month, and every month or so there's a sleeper. This is one of the best I've enjoyed in a long time. I'd give it six stars if I could.
35 people found this helpful
George GoldbergReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well done, but no comedy
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Well written, superbly acted, but not a comedy. This film is unusual in depicting the lives of working class people – the lead actor is a prison guard. Such people, with limited incomes and even more limited assets, must take life seriously, and these people do. For them, there isn’t all that much to laugh about, and they don’t. I suppose it’s a feel good movie, as things pretty much work out for most of the characters. But not for all, and for some the future is at best unclear. That’s probably realistic but, as I said, not the stuff of comedy.
13 people found this helpful
Cary OpterisReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very entertaining film
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Beautifully done and well acted film about a dysfunctional family- with just the right balance of everything -except it is minus the usual quota of foul language, violence, and 'character over reaction' usually contained in most films. This enables you to concentrate on the story and the interaction between characters without distraction. It is on my movie shelf of 'keepers'.
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JoanReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable and forgettable
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This was fun entertainment. I felt it had a lot of heart and I cared about the characters. In a week I will have forgotten all about it. But, it was well intentioned and had a good ending, except I wasn't quite ready for a little God-tweek at the end. What was that? Nothing against God, but I wasn't expecting that at the end of a fun plot. Seemed a little odd. I think it was worth the time I took to watch it. I'd recommend it for pure entertainment.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great story about family secrets
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City Island is a comedy-drama about family secrets. That begins with Andy Garcia bringing home a convict played by Steven Strait from his work where he’s a prison guard. You would think the family would be threatened by Strait’s presence, but they are dysfunctional and he actually fits right in with his wife (Julianna Marguiles), son (Ezra Miller), and daughter (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) act. The movie flips between the family’s problems and funny moments. Garcia leads that effort with the double life he leads. It will make you want to see what Garcia and company get into. This is a very well done film by Raymond De Felitta who wrote, directed and co-produced it.
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Rather be at the BeachReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great FEEL GOOD MOVIE that will become a classic, hopefully!
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Before this movie, I never even liked Andy Garcia! This cast was perfect...every single one of them. The characters were fully developed (not the daughter so much), to the point that you cared about them. The lies each of them were keeping from each other were hilarious and all came together in a very funny way. This is one of those great FEEL GOOD MOVIES that is so hard to find! I loved it and highly suggest it the next time you are having "one of those days" and need a pick-me-up without worrying about having to call an Uber afterwards.
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FranklinReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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It's pertinent sure. I am attached to Garcia in a very Scorsese, whatever Clint Eastwood does manner. Garcia is my film broker; this movie helped me to figure that out. I am tired and bored with/of movies recently; I'm a hardcore cinephile - this one made absolute sense and brought me back, rat a tat and no filler. Don't do Part II - unless of course you do. Bring me the head of Andy Garcia. Any time, any place. It's not possible to move past him, he is an auteur and his commitment to his music and that respect for his heroes is rather obvious. Viva la Tito. This movie was a gas. Everyone likes it. I checked. I truly respect this man's music. What he loaned us. Thank You very much. Blessings to your family. I thought Olivia, did an excellent job. I mean that sincerely. That stripper thing...went down well if you ask me. If you ever speak with Francis, please tell him that I thought Sophia was sexy, and unique and gave the role a natural feel and I'm glad she got the part and not Wyn. It was more thoughtful for us. She was so elegant. That costume designer should have received an Oscar, oh my gosh that palette. Oh my God. And do ask Sophia, how did she managed all the Sherry Netherland wherewithal. Still on my mind. My goal was to be a film editor, but that was then. I paint; I design, I have a large umbrella, but each time I see your works I go to further places. Thank you. I very much like that you received that role. It made the entire movie more believable and sensitive. And you looked good. The full circle was nice too.
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CherryMReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
I liked it
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We all have dif tastes in movies but this made me smile in the end. It starts off as your typical 'eh' movie, then immediately you find out what a messed up family they are (and) they all have secrets. But the best part is they didn't try to play this up with some artsy ending that would leave people feeling nothing. It has a happy ending and that's good enough for me.
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