What holds the film together and ultimately makes it worth watching is the acting.  Imperioli still gives off his strong Sopranos vibe, but he’s good, and quite believable.  His real-life son, Vadim Imperioli, also does a good job as the young Charley.  Burstyn, of course, is excellent.  What a delight to see a 76-year-old woman looking so beautiful and strong, without the frozen features adopted by so many of her peers.    

If you like TV-style tearjerkers—or have mother issues (and who doesn’t)—you’ll probably enjoy this.  Assuming you can get past the pompous title, of course.  If you’re looking for depth of meaning or impressive filmmaking, you’ll want to search elsewhere.
 
DVD EXTRAS:

  • Widescreen or Fullscreen viewing
  • English and Spanish subtitles

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Alcoholic character drinks repeatedly and gets drunk, but is rebuked and suffers strong consequences for his actions.
  • Language/Profanity:  A handful of mild obscenities.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:  None, save a reference to an adulterous relationship.
  • Violence:  A character carries around a gun then holds it up to his head, in an attempt to commit suicide; is involved in a drunk driving accident in which he’s injured (some blood).  A father is harsh with his son (no violence).