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Brooklyn Lobster (Unrated)

Release Date: November 4th, 2005 (NYC-Village East Cinemas)
The Cast: Danny Aiello, Jane Curtin, Daniel Sauli, Heather Burns, Marisa Ryan, Ian Kahn, Frank Pellegrino.
Directed by Kevin Jordan.

BASIC PREMISE: Frank Giorgio (Aiello) must save his lobster farm from being sold at an auction while dealing with family problems with his wife Maureen (Curtin) and two children, Lauren (Ryan) and Michael (Sauli).

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: It’s a great pleasure to watch Danny Aiello, one of the most under-rated actors, give such a great performance as Frank Giorgio. Frank’s main problem is that he might lose his precious lobster farm if he doesn’t come up with enough money. His problems get more complicated when his wife, Maureen, threatens to leave him while, at the same time, he doesn’t quite get along with his son. On top of that, he has no time to spend with his daughter and her new baby. Basically, his financial status and family life are both at stake. Jane Curtis gives a warm and strong performance as a frustrated, lonely wife and a loving mother. The plot is unsurprising and occasionally drags, but the complex characters, along with the well-written script, help to enliven the film. Within the drama there’s also some humor, such as when Frank lists the auction ad for his lobster farm under “Pet Adoptions” in the newspaper. There’s even some romance between Michael and Kelly (Burns), he daughter of a man who might be able to help the Giorgio family financially. It’s very soothing to watch such a slow paced, character-driven film where you don’t feel rushed from one scene to the next. Also, the plot never resorts to any sex and violence as a means of entertainment, which is like a breath of fresh, un-Hollywood air.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: No matter what, your family should be the most important part of your life. This film shows cold and harsh bureaucracy can be, but with the support from family, as well as good friends, anything is possible. The ending, although slightly contrived, leaves you with a smile on your face.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Unsurprising plot that occasionally drags.


THE BOTTOM LINE: A warm, uplifting, and true-to-life gem!

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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