Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Brooklyn State of Mind (1998)

Synopsis: Tony Danza takes on the local mob and soon discovers: he ain’t the boss!

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Family First. Friends Second. The Mob Above All.”  

What Did I Learn?: According to Tony Danza, if you don’t notice a woman’s breasts, “she ain’t got any”.

You Might Like This Movie If: You feel the need to watch every movie and PSA Danny Aiello ever did.

Really?: 1) So wait – Al points a gun at a wounded Danny Parente, and then gets him to confess to several murders while secretly videotaping him? Um...I’m not exactly Ben Matlock, but I’m pretty sure that’s inadmissible evidence. 2) Why would a mafia boss agree to a sit-down interview from a documentary filmmaker, only to blow her off once she starts asking tough questions? 3) It’s funny how there’s so much anti-black racism among the Italian-American characters, yet the words: “moulie”, and “moulignon” are never used.

Rating: Danny Aiello delivers a good performance in A Brooklyn State of Mind, but the script is incredibly predictable, and derivative of so many similar films. Moreover, nothing really happens for long stretches of the movie, and the protagonist, Al (Vincent Spano) isn’t particularly likeable. A Brooklyn State of Mind isn’t quite a bad movie, but it’s far from great. 5.5/10 stars.

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