3.5

City Island

Comedy Drama


 

Meet the Rizzos, a family that might get along a lot better if only they could tell each other the truth.

The Manhattan skyline can be seen across the water in this marvellous little film. The setting, the accents, the personalities, the attitudes, and the situations are pure boisterous New York. The central family are all ensnared in complex relationships that ring true, as drama is stirred through with good hearted comedy. "City Island" is marred by an ending that ties up the threads a little too neatly, finishing on an unnecessarily schmaltzy note - even so, this is an island in the sun.

Anne Murphy

Limited Release 27th May 2010
104 mins