When the movie was released, I would have been about 12, so you'll pardon the fact that a smallish movie about Italian-American stereotypes co-habitating with Cher and exploring love and life didn't exactly get me to the cinema. In the intervening years, I figured I'd seen enough wacky-family comedies of this type, and just never bothered. The "snap out of it" clip that got dredged up to show Cher's acting chops was always shown out of context and wasn't particularly... good.
|When you get stuck between The Moon and Cher and you're New York City...|
Since Co-Worker Eva pitched me the movie, I'd noticed how many "good movie" lists it had come up on, and I saw that Cher had won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Loretta Castorini in 1988.
The plot of the movie is paper thin, intended to be a cute character study of urban Italian Americans portraying the kind of family that drives each other crazy, but in a way that doesn't make the audience want to draw blood (see: Welcome to the Dollhouse). You have to want to pull for every character on the screen. Here's the thing: I am totally okay with that.