- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 22, 2003
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 10/06/2000
"...A sweet, wise, heartwarming sleeper written and directed by Raymond De Felitta..."
USA Today - 10/06/2000
"...Raymond De Felitta infuses his low-budget effort with a mellow feel [and is] good with expressing tender emotions..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 10/27/2000
"...Sundance-style filmmaking at its most successful -- personal with universal undertones, told with an unobtrusive flair..." -- Rating: A-
Box Office - 10/01/2000
"...[De Felitta] maintains a solid visual context and emotional tone. It's outstanding work all around..."
Rolling Stone - 10/26/2000
"...De Felitta creates something wonderfully funny and touching....Nicely done all around..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/06/2000
"...[With] rich, rueful humor, poignancy and tenderness....A film of rare, delicate sensibility..."
Set 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.
In 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.
- Theatrical release: October 20, 2000
- TWO FAMILY HOUSE won the Audience Award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
- The inspiration for the story came from the director's own Uncle Buddy, who seemed to have a lifelong streak of bad luck.
- De Felitta credits such directors as David Lean and George Stevens for informing his sense of storytelling and emotional honesty.
- TWO FAMILY HOUSE's Raymond De Felitta was nominated for Best Screenplay in the Independent Spirit Awards.