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Plot: A dreamer finds that his wife and friends are binding him to his mediocre existence. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 27 Oct 2000
One of the BEST love stories I have ever seen. You will love the movie. (by worldclasssoccer)
People who talk about love and not act on it or show what it can do in this world of war and ignorance should watch this movie and learn from it. It takes a lot of inner strength to change the world for good and love is the fuel power that drives us to that change. I wish all of us can find that great power to love one another and change the path of hate to the path of love. Great movie and BIG thanks to all who made this movie possible. I wish we can have more great love stories happening in this world. Buddy is the main character who makes everything come together and I want to say that he <more>
was great man and people like that are bigger then life. Watch THE MOVIE.
I just saw this movie on IFC and I loved it!! It has a great story line and the character were well developed and I could really relate to them. I'm glad I came across this, I hope to see it again soon. The story is well developed and I like how the ending turned out. I feel like it is another classic love story, and I'm not one to really like "mushy" films, but this is one is really a classic. I could just feel the main character and his dreams and wanting to 'break out'. I hope I can find the film on DVD or VHS. I like how the story touched on racial issues in the <more>
1950's. I wonder if this is based on a book, because it has alot of focus on characters.
The Challenge of Rising Above Ethnic Stereotypes (by protek22)
This is a wonderful film, that deals with the challenges of ethnic stereotypes and the cultural biases that go with them. Stereotypes are a definite by-product of culture, yet for the most part, usually the worst expressions of a particular culture. In adhering to our birth culture we invariably absorb certain stereotypes, and biases, without even realizing it. People therefore become stereotypical to a greater or lesser degree, depending upon their independence of thought, and self-awareness. The less independent minded, or self aware we are, the more stereotypical we may become.Two Family <more>
House is a very well-crafted drama, involving interactions between, an Italian couple, an Irish couple, and an anonymous African American man. The chain of events triggered by their interaction, gives birth to a beautiful love story involving the Italian husband of one couple, and the Irish wife and her child, of the other. Challenged by events that pushes them to the limits of their respective cultural sensibilities, the film portrays how these individuals for various reasons, either succumb to, or transcend, the biases, they were born into. The beauty of the movie is that it shows that through tremendous effort and resolve, it's quite possible to break free of cultural stereotypes, and the irrational hate, that invariably goes with them.
The best movie of the year for me (by bobbobwhite)
I enjoyed this sensitive indy film about suburban NYC class, culture and race conflict much more than I thought I would, as its underlying goodness of heart won me over by the end. It freshly and uniquely tells the well-used old story that dreams can come true if you believe in them and yourself enough, work long and hard enough, and let the ignorant things go that are holding you back from success.It showed that most people turn out pretty much the same if raised the same but can change for the better if they want to bad enough and are pained enough by their old life, and can end up caring <more>
about loyalty, love, and family just about the same as everyone else can with the best of intentions, even if they didn't know it at first.Not just a terrific film, but a good morality story for us all.
***POSSIBLE SPOLIER**I remember reading good reviews for this little film but never got a chance to see it in the theatre. But we rented it recently and enjoyed it very much. Full of real characters with real emotions and real conflicts, the movie moves along at a nice pace with some real twists and surprises along the way. Terrific performances especially from the lead - Michael Rispoli - who can be over the top at times in other films or just give wonderfully layered performances - like on the Sopranos or his work as a priest in The Third Miracle . I also really enjoyed how a fake <more>
Hollywood ending wasn't tacked on. If a BIG star had been in this or a HUGE studio had been behind it, they would have insisted that he become a BIG star at the end and sells millions of records. Nope, all that happens is he follows his heart and ends up happy and content. Pretty darned cool.
Hey, I'm from Brooklyn, circa 1956, and loved dat filum...the only things that got me was Buddy's diction, which was at times too polished...he said "her" instead of "huh" for instance, over and again, and the heavy-handed portrayal of racism of the heavily-stereotyped Italian and Irish immigrants...even uneducated men didn't spout racist remarks so publicly either inside the bar or on the street...they may have felt it, but those kinds of public displays are more of the 1980's than 1956...aside from minor incongruities, I enjoyed the film, impressed by the <more>
powerful portrayal of lives & feelings of the NYC working class...nice work, all...I cried for half the movie, wanting Buddy and Mary to fall for each other...
Apartment for rent in private home in Staten Island (by jotix100)
Raymond DeFelitta, the director of the current release, "The Thing About my Folks", working with his own material, created this wonderful film, which should be seen more often. Unfortunately, when this film first came out, it had wonderful notices, but alas, it disappeared too soon for us to catch up with it. Thanks to HBO, the film was shown recently and it proved to be worthy of the praise we had heard about.The story takes place in the fifties. The characters at the center of the film, are basically Italian-Americans living in Staten Island. Buddy and Estelle Visalo, are the <more>
owners of a two family house in need of repairs. The upstairs apartment has been rented to an Irish couple, Mary and Jim, who are going through a rough moment in their lives.Buddy, with the help of his friends from the tavern that is the social meeting point of the neighborhood, is trying to evict the couple upstairs, after it's clear they are up to no good and can't pay the rent. It proves to be too late because Mary begins her labor pains and Estelle, who doesn't like the woman, helps in the delivery. But horror of horrors, the little baby proves to be much more than what Mary was expecting, and Jim abandons her.The Italian landlord develops a friendship toward Mary, who he succeeds in evicting, but feels terribly about it. He rescues her from the flea bag hotel where she is staying since her own sister doesn't want her. Buddy finds, and pays, for an apartment for Mary and her son. It's clear that Buddy and Mary go from a friendship into a relationship that will change their lives forever.The film works because the charismatic work of Michael Rispoli, who as Buddy, is a man with a heart of gold. Mr. Rispoli is an actor that is always good, no matter what character he plays. Also the movie has an inspired performance by Kelly MacDonald. Ms. MacDonald does good work as Mary. The supporting cast, Kartherine Narducci, Kevin Conway, Matt Servitto, Vincent Pastore, and the rest, are perfect.We look forward future endeavors by Raymond DeFelitta, who proves with this film he can tell a story that involves the viewer in more ways than some others. "Two Family House" is a small movie, with a big heart!
A great watched it on HBO Kind of movie (by b22bandit)
Late afternoon on a monday, flipping through my 8 chanels of HBO, I found this little number and feel all the richer for it. Good acting and genuine make a shoestring budget feel and slightly implausible plot fade into the recesses of your disbelief. A warm, poignant story about the kind of guy that we can all relate to.
surprisingly good, nice sense of place (by kakajones2003)
A good story, very ethnic, in that new york/Staten island, working class kind of way, circa 1950s.I started watching this on HBO and sat through to the end. This is a story told by a narrator looking back on the unexpected events that lead up to his life. The characters are all very strong and believable, and you find yourself identifying with them, even if you didn't want to at first. Not a fast action flick, but easy to follow on a slow Sunday afternoon, which is what it was when i saw it. If you like nice narratives, gradual plot development, and sweet, unanticipated turns, this is a <more>