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Parents' Guide to

The Amati Girls

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

This movie's unhurried pace might bore kids.

Movie PG 2001 91 minutes
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Television is the place you'd most expect to find this type of reassuring, homey comedy-drama. Optimists would call it a good sign that this feature found a wide theatrical release, even with its untrendy PG rating. Too bad the movie isn't as worthwhile as its cast of familiar faces. Fine actors can only do so much with the weak dialogue and contrived colorful characters, as the plot takes twists and turns that are shamelessly manipulative. There are good intentions at work, as writer-director Anne de Salvo inserts a statement of purpose into the script when one sister complains, "Every Italian in the movies is either a gangster or a guy with tattoos or a guy delivering pizza!"

Thus, this non-violent ensemble brings viewers the loving, churchgoing but earthy Amatis as a friendly alternative to the corrupt, amoral Capones, Sopranos, and Corleones fighting endless mob wars. That's all fine, but one viewer complained that this movie's depiction of sauce-making mamma mias is no less of a stereotype than Little Italy hoods making Offers You Cannot Refuse.

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