"City Island" was generally well received by other critics who overwhelmingly gave it the equivalent of three stars. I, on the other hand, am giving it a minus. I thought it was a mawkish soap opera and that the performances of the principals were over the top.
The Italian family featured in the film lives on City Island, a narrow strip that is part of the Bronx and the site of several seafood restaurants. Vince (Any Garcia) plays a loutish but sensitive prison guard who, unbeknownst to his family, is taking acting classes in the evening. He sees himself as a second coming of Marlon Brando, voice and all, conjuring up Brando's portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire."
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