When prison guard and aspiring actor, Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is asked to reveal his biggest secret during his drama class, he inadvertently sets off a chain of events that turns his mundane suburban life into total chaos. Vince takes great pains covering up his half-truths from his family, but soon it becomes clear that everyone—his hot-tempered wife (Julianna Margulies), college student daughter (Dominik Garcia-Lorido), long-lost ex-con son (Steven Strait), charismatic acting partner (Emily Mortimer) and even his drama coach (Alan Arkin) – all have secrets of their own. Everyone’s furtive deceptions collide with hilarious results. Set on “City Island,” a quaint fishing community on the outskirts of the Bronx, this smart and charming comedy explores the absurd secrets and vices people choose to keep from their loved ones… and the realization that the truth is easier to cope with than well-intentioned white lies. The movie “City Island” is a funny and touching family tale about the secrets of the past catching up with the lies of the present, and accepting that nobody’s perfect; least of all your loved ones.
March 19, 2010