A Wedding for Bella 2001 UNRATED

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By day Dominic Pyzola (Scott Baio) is a corporate raider and by night an Italian pastry chef. Upon learning that his upstairs neighbor and surrogate mother, Bella, has fallen seriously ill, he is determined to see Bella's long time dream come true. When Dominic schemes to marry Bella's daughter two worlds collide in this touching, romantic tale of love, dreams, and biscotti.

Starring:
Scott Baio, Kristin Minter
Runtime:
1 hour 42 minutes

A Wedding for Bella

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Melissa Martin
Starring Scott Baio, Kristin Minter
Supporting actors Kim Martin, Zachary Mott, Shuler Hensley, Jennie Martin, Rose Bray, John Bechtol, Rosemary Prinz, Jody O'Donnell, Marty Sheets, Bingo O'Malley, Nick Tallo, Daniel Stafford, Philip Winters, John Amplas, Fred Lehman, Katherine McKenna, Rachel McCartney, Nardi Novak
Studio Screen Media
MPAA rating Unrated
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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A very nice movie with a touching story.
Crystal D. Gange
He was a good man in this movie and it gives me hope there are really guys like that out there!
sandee
I sat down and watched it and fell in love with the movie.
Dawn Sturm

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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2004
Format: DVD
Call it "My Big Fat Italian Wedding," but with more love, bittersweetness, family feeling, and pastry. "A Wedding for Bella" or "The Bread, My Sweet" has a big heart, narrowly avoiding the oversweetness of such movies. It's a romantic comedy, a tragedy, and a warm tale about family.

Domi (Scott Baio) is a corporate bigwig by day, but owns a bakery that he runs with his two brothers. He has also "adopted" an elderly Italian couple, the grumpy Massimo (John Seitz) and loving Bella (Rosemary Prinz). But one day Bella takes Domi to the hospital, revealing that she has terminal cancer. But she orders him not to tell anyone -- because "I no gonna start dying until I'm ready." But she obviously wishes she could see her wayward daughter Lucca (Kristin Minter) be married.

So Domi quietly tries to contact Lucca, only to have her turn up at Christmas dinner. Within a day, he proposes to her -- just so Bella can see her daughter be married, even if he expects Lucca to go her own way once her mother is dead. Lucca and Domi start awkwardly getting to know one another, all the time hoping that Bella will live to see them wed.

A lot of movies would have lapsed into silly cliches. But as someone of Italian ancestry, I can say honestly that a lot of Italians are like the people of this film: they "got a scream," argue and insult, and yet they're generous and loving to everybody. And love food. Even the broken English Bella and Massimo speak never crosses the line into parody.

But what makes "A Wedding for Bella" so enchanting is that it's not just about a wedding or romance. It's also about love and family, and about living your life to the fullest.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Johnson on June 15, 2004
Format: DVD
Okay, so I stumbled across this video in the store, and it looked relatively interesting. However, the reviews on the box were so good, that I had to try it out. Well, the truth is, the reviews were right. I LOVED this movie. I mean, loved it. I only have a small number of DVD's in my collection, but this will certainly be one of them. The movie is sweet, with the connection of family being at the forefront of the story. The movie is romantic, with this strong hero taking care of those around him, almost to his detriment (and oh yes, Ladies, Scott Baio is excellent, I mean excellent in this film). The movie is sexy, the chemistry between the hero and heroine is amazing, and I've decided to catalogue one of the lines in my little black book ("You're killing me..."). I'm a sucker for romance and love, and this definitely delivers. FYI: the DVD comes with very few bonus materials, it's pretty much just the movie. That kinda sucks because after you watch the movie, you want to learn more about it. Also, the movie does end a little abruptly, but that may just be a matter of personal taste. Still, all in all, this movie was a gem, and Scott Baio will definitely regain his heart throb status from his, almost exquisite, acting.
I would love to hear if anyone agrees with me on this particular review.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M Ryder on January 6, 2006
Format: DVD
I am writing this review because I have to tell everyone and anyone that they must see this movie. I immediately watched it a second time as I did not want this movie to end (which I have never done before). Even if you do not have roots in Pittsburgh you will thoroughly enjoy the charm and strength of this movie. I am originally from Pittsburgh and my mother's side of the family was very traditional italian---I felt as if I was watching my favorite aunt and uncle in Bella and Massimo. Scott Baio's performance was great and believe me he looked good. He was so handsome and sweet it touches your heart but Rosemary Prinz's performance touched my soul. Believe me after you watch this movie you will want to share it----with everyone.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Howard on February 25, 2006
Format: DVD
I caught this movie on cable and loved it so much I had to buy it. This is saying a lot, because I rarely watch anything more than once. It has humor and romance, with just the right touch of bittersweet!

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Franklin on April 25, 2005
Format: DVD
I found this in the "cheap" aisle at Walmart. I like Scott Baio and found the description of "a cross between My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Moonstruck" interesting.

Long story short - this is a keeper. A surprise movie. Something only a few of us lucky ones will get to see. Unless, of course, we share it with our friends.

The actors/characters seem to have fallen in love with each other in real life and for the movie. The dialog seems ad-libbed at times, which makes it so cute. The dialog is salty, sweet, tender and real. You wish you really knew these people.

Please do check out this movie. Pretty much assured, you will find something so peaceful with this movie. The way "real life" should be. Loving, kind, caring, gentle.

Considering my husband is a Star Wars/Sci Fi kind of guy, he really enjoyed this movie. It was something different for him - he found it very non-violent. And in this world, that's hard to come by. It was a light, fun movie with funky characters.

This is just a lovely little (probably low-budget) movie which, when discovered and shared, should find a very big following.

Ciao, Bella!!
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