For Australians audiences there’s still much to enjoy. De Felitta’s slightly overwritten script proves to be a fun twist on the prodigal son parable, when unbeknownst to Tony (Steven Strait) Vince, the father who ran out on him, springs him from gaol and brings him home to meet a similarly clueless family. Hijinks most certainly ensue, where the strength of the film lies in the great ensemble casting. Garcia and Julianna Margulies make for a great married couple, while Emily Mortimer brings depth to her kooky wannabe star and the singular Alan Arkin lends his charm as Vince’s acting coach.The film’s highlight is a scene in which Vince botches an open call audition for a Scorsese movie, only to impress with his prison guard improv. It’s this delightful, self-aware tone that brings an added element to what could easily have been just a run-of-the-mill family dramedy where, surprise surprise, the petty crim turns out to be the most together of them all.
Published by Street Press Australia
Australian release date: 27 May 2010