While browsing through Amazon Prime videos for a new (to us) movie to watch, we came upon this gem... Uncle Nino (2009), starring Joe Mantegna and Ann Archer and with a charming performance by Italian actor Pierrino Mascarino as long-lost uncle who stirs up their suburban lives with an unexpected visit. Trevor Morgan plays a rebellious, garage band obsessed son and the daughter is played by Gina Mantegna, Joe Mantegna's daughter in real life. It was the first time acting together for this father-daughter duo.
The story line is pretty basic: Overworked and driven executive husband and father, bored and loving wife and mother, son and father crossing each others' paths and never really connecting, and a daughter being overlooked in the mix. Enter Uncle Nino, the long lost Uncle from Italy who teaches the family about the simple things in life--good wine, gardening, making soulful music, enjoying the pleasures of a family pet, and good food.
In the end, the story is about Famiglia, love, respecting each others' needs, and connecting with our heritage. It's a great wholesome story that I recommend for all Italian-American families with kids.
It's rare that my son Lucas sits through an entire movie at home, but he just loved this one. You definitely enjoy this one. Order a pizza and have some wine when you watch it...