Secrets and lines
City Island, comedy, rated PG-13, Regal DeVargas, 3 chiles
Of all the secrets swirling through Raymond De Felitta’s endearing, low-key family comedy, the most baffling is this: Why would a guy with a perfectly good job as a prison guard want to be an actor?
Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia, who also produced) is a correctional officer (he bristles at the term “prison guard”) at a New York area correctional facility. He is also a clam digger — that is to say, a native of City Island, another little secret tucked off the eastern coast of the Bronx (who even thinks of the Bronx as having a coast?). In the opening voice-over, Vince explains the difference between the island’s home-grown clam diggers and the mussel suckers, well-heeled newcomers who are moving in and changing the place. It’s a syndrome with which many communities are familiar.
There may be a few actors among the mussel suckers, but acting is not the sort of ambition to which a clam digger would readily admit. So, Vince sneaks off to Manhattan to pursue his guilty dream in an acting class, telling his not-so-longsuffering wife, Joyce (Julianna Margulies), that
Playing their parts: Emily Mortimer and Andy Garcia