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This is the worst-titled film in the history of movies! I didn't
think I would like this movie, just purely based on the title. But it is not
bad, and I really enjoyed most of it. It's a fun comedy which also sometimes
surprises you with its insights into race and culture, as well as having some
The movie, somewhat based on the story of Moses, is about a black child that is
found floating down the river in a basket, in Italy. He is adopted by an Italian
woman who really wants a baby. Her kind-hearted husband, who owns a deli, lets
her keep the baby, but they decide to move to the United States so that people
won't be prejudiced against their dark-skinned child. Once in the US, they just
tell the child, and everyone else, that Italians come in all shades (they don't
let anyone know that the's really an illegally-adopted black boy). He grows up
to be the ultimate Italian New Yorker, involving just about every Italian
stereotype there is. He's even prejudiced against black people, which makes his
father feel embarrassed.
The boy, whom they named Renato, falls for this Jewish girl, which seems like a
bit of a complication in his life, but then things get worse when he finds out
that he is really African-American. His whole identity up until that point has
been Italian, so it really
throws him. His biological parents visit him after seeing him mentioned in a
magazine, so he goes to stay with them for a while.
This is a fun little comedy, and it's very funny at some points. The actor who
plays Renato does a good job of playing Italian. Whoopi Goldberg outshines
everyone as his mom. Paul Mooney, a legendary comedian, plays his father well.
Joey Fatone (most famous for his job in the pop group N'Sync) plays his best
friend. Jaime Lyn Sigler, most famous for "The Sopranos", plays Renato's
girlfriend. It's a very good cast that works well together.
My only complaint is that the movie could have been funnier. It's ok, not
something that you just laugh all the way through. It's more a movie that makes
you chuckle occasionally.
One of the features has Mooney, Fatone, and Tony Rock (who plays Renato's
brother) going to a chicken and waffle place in Los Angeles (a soul food place).
That was a lot of fun and worth getting this DVD for. It was better than the
movie. Otherwise, it just has the usual features such as outtakes and trailers.
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