City Island is an original comedy about a family with secrets. Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is a correctional officer who realizes that an inmate is his son. Under a provisional release, Vince takes his unsuspecting son, Tony (Steven Strait), home to meet the family and work on a special project for his wife (Julianna Margulies). This visit sets into motion a series of events that slowly reveals the lies each member is keeping.
“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.”
I recall my mother explaining to me the problem with lies. She told me that it is best to tell the truth, because one has to lie in order to cover up the first lie. The movie, City Island, is a funny example of what could happen when people are not honest with each other.
Supported by a wonderful cast, the movie tells of an interesting New York family that lives on an island called City Island. The family is characterized as loud, argumentative, and incredibly funny. If you say the wrong thing, it could easily turn dinner into a mud slinging contest that nobody leaves unscathed.
The message is clear, always tell the truth. Although, it would have made for a really short movie.
I highly recommend this flick if you're interested in a light-hearted comedy. Typically, I'm not a big fan of comedies because the genre tends to produce silliness. However, City Island is touching, smart, and enjoyable to watch.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars