Two Family House (2000)
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|Michael Rispoli plays Buddy Visalo, a factory worker with big dreams and a tendency to be unsuccessful in translating those dreams into reality. Once an aspiring singer hoping to emulate his idol, Julius La Rosa of the "Your Hit Parade" television show, Buddy now lives in Staten Island with this unwaveringly pragmatic wife, Estelle (Katherine Narducci). With the purchase of a dilapidated old house, Buddy hopes to turn the building into a downstairs tavern where he can perform while he and Estelle live upstairs. However, they soon discover it inhabited by two previous tenants: an irascible drunk Irishman named Jim O'Neary (Kevin Conway) and his much younger, very pregnant wife, Mary (Kelly Mcdonald). In spite of his initial intentions to drive the couple out, the kind-hearted Buddy eventually befriends Mary after she gives birth and is abandoned by her husband. Gradually, their friendship turns to love based on their mutual need for support. Buddy must eventually make a choice about his true loves in life in this touching and affecting romantic comedy.|
Editor's NoteSet in the urban backwater of Staten Island in the 1950s, TWO FAMILY HOUSE tells the story of Buddy Visalo (Michael Rispoli), who dreams of singing stardom but is forced to face the struggles of an ordinary life. After his one shot at making the big time is nixed by his fiancée, Estelle (Katherine Narducci), he tries to settle into married life, but he never manages to subdue his overarching ambition to be a star. Buddy launches a string of failed ventures before eventually pinning his hopes on a run-down house, where he plans to open a bar and be the star attraction. But between his wife's control-freak urges and his tenants' refusal to vacate the house, nothing goes as planned. However, in his campaign to evict the couple that rents from him--a pregnant young Irish beauty (Kelly Macdonald) and her abusive, drunk husband (Kevin Conway)--he finds the one sympathetic soul in his life. And again he is forced to choose between his sense of duty and his heart.Writer and director Raymond De Felitta (CAFÉ SOCIETY) approaches the story of TWO FAMILY HOUSE with humor and affection, wihout shying away from the uglier realities of working-class life. While the well-trodden film terrain of New York's Italian-American communities is a tough place to shine, both the director and the outstanding ensemble cast keep the broad strokes to a minimum, which is what propels this story beyond the confines of its small world.
Cast & Crew
|Raymond DeFellitta - Director|
|Michael Mayers - Director of Photography|
|Stephen Endelman - Musical Score|
|Adam Brightman, et al. - Producer|
|Raymond DeFelitta - Writer|
Plot SummaryIn TWO FAMILY HOUSE, Buddy Visalo (Michael Rispoli) has a master plan: he'll buy a duplex, live on the top floor with his wife, Estelle (Katherine Narducci), and turn the ground floor into a popular jazz club. The only problem is, the house that Buddy buys already has occupants, and one of them is a pregnant young Irish woman whose abusive husband gives her little support. The two families must learn to live together and support each other, despite their differences and unrealized dreams.