City Island tells the story of Vince Rizzo and his family, barely surviving on a groundwork of lies and secrets. It's a nicely paced, sweetly funny and pointedly low-key family dramedy that begins to intertwine the low-key with an all-out verbal brawl that brings a knowing smile to the viewer's face. This is great non-blockbuster filmmaking with a top cast in fine form. It is what easy-to-watch cinema should be like.
A sweet family-centric indie that is well handled by cast and location. The characters are a times a little too stereotypical but the 'straightness' of them with quirky placement, and alternatively the strangeness of character with simple setting/design makes for a watchable if not remarkable film.