City Island (12A)

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The titular island, north of the Bronx, is home to 5,000 fisher-folk and, it seems, America's most dysfunctional family.

Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is a prison guard, sorry, corrections officer, who secretly attends acting class. His wife, Joyce (Julianna Margulies), yells at everyone over dinner and yearns for love. Daughter Vivian secretly works as a stripper and son Vinnie surfs the net for websites devoted to super-fat ladies. When Vince discovers his long-lost son Steven (Tony Nardello) in one of his cells, he takes him home to meet the family, where Steven becomes entwined with mother and daughter. A cat's cradle of misunderstandings is finally straightened out in a series of OMG moments. Alan Arkin steals the show but that's not saying much in this overblown blue-collar farrago.