Brooklyn Lobster R

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Frank and Maureen Giorgio's (Danny Aiello) once orderly lives have been thrown into chaos since the bank that loaned Frank money for a restaurant addition to his lobster business has folded.

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Kevin Jordan
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

Brooklyn Lobster

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Kevin Jordan
Starring Kevin Jordan
Supporting actors Daniel Sauli, Marisa Ryan, Heather Burns, Ian Kahn, Olivia Archer, Rick Aiello, Moises Belizario, Frank Bongiorno, Mike Colter, Sam Freed, Barbara Garrick, Matt Huffman, Austin Lysy, Tom Mason, John O'Brien, Panicker Upendran, Frank Pellegrino, John Rothman
Studio Virgil Films & Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I always enjoy his work, and wait for his yelling!
John Adivari
He was killed in World Trade Center Tradedy and the film was dedicated to his memory; although he was not part of the story.
Richard Erwin
The movie is truly a great story with excellent acting and a heart touching ending.
Brandon Hoffman

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Launay on January 5, 2007
Format: DVD
During most of the twentieth century, you could go down to Sheepshead Bay (on the waterfront) in Brooklyn and get a terrific lobster or fish dinner
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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Creekwood on December 14, 2006
Format: DVD
A hard-nosed father, played by Danny Aiello, tries to revive his business - and ultimately his family - from an uncertain future as a result of a failed bank loan. Brooklyn Lobster is a fantastic character study of the differences and hardships faced by members of family pushed into financial turmoil. The movie brings to life the conflicting values and personality traits that are ever-present in families today. Jordan manages to dive deep into each character and give us a better understanding of their relationships with each other, and in the end the overall identity of the family itself. Still, more importantly it represents the hardworking middle-class business owner's identity in a changing society - one that is dominated by the franchise corporations and the "biggest buck" mentality.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Hoffman on January 21, 2007
Format: DVD
Brooklyn is my childhood home and "Jordons Lobster" (The Real Name For The Lobster Store In The Movie) was a place I frequented with my family. For this reason the movie peaked my interest enough to watch it. "Brooklyn Lobster" is the story of a family business on the brink of bankruptcy. The story revolves around the families struggle to save the family business. The movie is truly a great story with excellent acting and a heart touching ending. Give this movie a try for something a little different. I am giving this 5 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KRA on January 19, 2007
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First I just have to say it's interesting how some movies make it to wide distribution and fame, even the "art house" flicks, and yet others, never seem to get the exposure they deserve.

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.

Ken
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mistermaxxx08 HALL OF FAME on July 31, 2007
Format: DVD
i watched this film recently about a restaurant that is on the verge of going down because of fast food business's coming in and other factors at work. Danny Aiello plays the same cliche fired up role that he is known for over the years. it is a intense drama from start to finish that is a decent film,but is missing that knock out performance to make this film stronger. it was pretty good film and it is a seasonal christmas time picture. it deals with loss and family. interesting film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Erwin on January 12, 2009
Format: DVD
Buy or rent the movie! Anyone who lived in or grew-up the Sheepshead Bay/Gerritsen Beach area of Brooklyn will find this a genuine treat...and a good film, as well. A good story about real people, shot on location at the real Jorden's Lobster House on Knapp Street, in what is considered by many a 'rural' area of Brooklyn, it depicts the life of a family-owned several generations wholesale lobster business and the sorrow and pain of the encrouching real estate values escalation, with all its unfeeling consequences.

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.
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