Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Queue Continuum: City Island

This was in the second row of movies newly added to the Instant Queue.  I saw Emily Mortimer's name in the credits, and I kind of find her adorable.  Unfortunately, Andy Garcia is top-billed, and that should have been enough to scare me off.  It wasn't.

If you want to watch an indie comedy about a dysfunctional family with Garcia and Julianna Margulies as the patriarch and matriarch, then this is your movie.  The list of people who that applies to cannot be a long one...

Emily Mortimer was not in this movie enough to offset the pain that the rest of this film causes. 

Do you really want to watch a cloying movie in which the charisma-challenged Garcia plays a prison guard who secretly wants to be an actor and finds his abandoned son as an adult in jail and brings him home without telling anyone why?  The answer should be no.  If it wasn't initially, perhaps once equipped with the information that Garcia also does a Marlon Brando impersonation at an audition because he thinks that's how actors act will scare you off. 

I suppose these are the perils of having even more movies available at the touch of a button.

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