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for a song. These lobster shacks are disappearing with the onslaught of Trader Joes, Long John Silvers, and other franchises which replace fresh food with fast food. Danny Aiello plays a hard nosed, hard working businessman whose family has been in the lobster business in Brooklyn for 60 years. He's fighting for his livelihood - looking for a way to escape Big Money. Due to the fact that the local Bank which financed the Lobster House has "itself" defaulted with the FDIC, his small-business loan has been called and his business, his family, his workers, and his identity are all up for sale.
Throughout the movie we cheer for this American because he represents the human qualities of courage, endurance, and self-reliance that make America great...but this fellow and his business are on the auction block. We will wait and see if it can be saved. (As a metaphor, a broken water line that supplies sea water to his crustaceans is fixed at the last minute.) For a glimpse of American life that we don't want to forget, I recommend this film...it is definitely worth a trip to the video store.
Brooklyn Lobster never got the chance to be seen by many, and this is a true gem of a movie.
Danny Aiello and Jane Curtain expertly play a long married couple drifting apart while the family business hangs in the balance. One of Brooklyn's last Lobster Pounds is threatended by a bank failure, and
Mr. Aiello's character isn't too sure what plan of action to take. Their son returns for the Holidays with his girlfriend, who is clearly from a more upscale family. The son is very ambivilent about a possible move back home, and he questions his relationship, just as his mother is trying to define hers. This movie also receives kudos for not portraying the family as being dysfunctional. The dysfunctional family has managed to become as old a movie cliche as they come. Here we have a pretty normal family coming to terms with everything from coming of age, to coming of old age.
In this movie we see not only the older generation struggle against a changing society, but the younger ones as well. The best of parents can pass down their values, their businesses and more to their children, but sometimes the world has other plans. The times continue to change, even in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
A fine cast of professional actors, several of whom have Brooklyn in their blood, make the film tug at you in the right areas. The reality of the characters trying to untangle and preserve their own lives and and see their hands-on business move innto the future is well written, acted and directed.
It was especially touching to me since my young nephew used to work there during his high school years. He was killed in World Trade Center Tradedy and the film was dedicated to his memory; although he was not part of the story. In truth, his own story is a glimpse of growing up in Brooklyn under tough circumstances, in a difficult family situation, and yet becoming an exceptional human being. It has all the qualities only a true story can present. Brooklyn has that way about it...unlike any place else in the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The video portion of this dvd was fine BUT the audio portion was terrible. The sound track was not in sync with the lip movements,
not even close.
I was disappointed because I like so many of the actors. I imagine I expected too much and I should have realized a story about foreclosure would be depressing.Published 3 months ago by Shirley j Williams
I enjoyed it: it wasn't deep, but it was feel good and I was in the mood for that!Published 7 months ago by B.
Good performances and a good little movie. Worth your time, but nothing out of this world.Published 9 months ago by Carl Rifkin