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The Return of Joe Rich
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Directed By
Sam Auster

Written By:
Sam Auster

Sam Witwer, Armand Assante, Talia Shire, Tim Kazurinsky, Vanessa Vander Pluym, Rich Komenich, Jacob Alexander, Chris Meister, Greg Silva, Ryan Hall, Mike Bach, Bryan C. Ordman

The Return of Joe Rich (2013)
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Movie Review by Mike Thomas
July 28th, 2013

Of Family - and Meatballs

Favorite Movie Quote: "I have no male role models I can trust - except Captain Kirk"

Joe Neiderman (Sam Witwer, SyFy Channel's "Being Human," The MIST) left the mean streets of Chicago to make his fortune in the sunny skies of Californ -I-A. Seven years later, bankrupt, foreclosed, and separated, he returns to the one place he thought he had closed the book on forever, to start over again, and to pick up the pieces of his past.

Roll Credits.

The RETURN of JOE RICH, a light dramedy from the mind of Writer/Director Sam Auster, is an interesting mix of The GODFATHER and 9 to 5. Niederman returns to his mom's house (played by the inimitable Talia Shire, doing her best Jewish Mama schtick), and to his Uncle Dom (Armand Assante, at his mobster best). The other parts of his past are his best friend, Bernard (Joe Minoso), and "the girl he left behind," Terri (Vanessa Vander Pluym). Everyone in the core cast contributes to Joe's reasons for staying, and not only picking up the pieces of what he left, but to go further. Joe wants "in" on the "business," and is willing to do whatever it takes to make the grade. Unfortunately, he does not have that killer instinct - literally - and flubs his assignments, which makes Uncle Dom very unhappy (beaten to a bloody pulp by Uncle Dom's business partners). From here, it gets dark, as Niederman, now calling himself Joe Rich, a name goodfellas used in Chicago when they get arrested and don't want to use their real names, decides he wants to take over, and by watching Uncle Dom, gets most of it right. Meanwhile, Joe tries to rekindle the relationship between himself and Terri, who painfully remembers, "once burned, twice shy."

The story itself is told in first-person narrative, with Joe providing any exposition that's needed. A novel addition to the narrative is a kind of "Greek Chorus" by ten former wiseguys, real gangsters who have lived long enough to tell the audience of "the good old days," denouncing the "gangstas" of today who sell drugs and prey on their own kind, and wax poetically on the honor system of Old School Mob Morality.

On my personal rating scale of with "5" being drop everything and see the movie now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and "0" being burn down the theater, murder the movie staff, and violate their dog, this movie earns a "4," using my Patented Bell Curve for Independent movies. The RETURN of JOE RICH is light entertainment gracefully avoiding the over-the-top violence of The GODFATHER trilogy, but still maintains that sense of family, within the mindset of the underworld.

The film is unrated, but has some coarse language, surprisingly little actual violence, some sexual situations, but no nudity. It would be excellent entertainment for most audiences, as it has very likable characters - even Uncle Don (how can you not like Armand Assante?) - has a good, linear storyline, but not too predictable, so there will be surprises throughout, and it has a strange, but understandable Hollywood Ending. Oh, and the person who figures out what the scene change graphic is before it's revealed, gets a prize. This reviewer is calling this a cautious "BUY," because though it may not play that well to certain audiences for repeated viewing, for some of us, it'll be like watching Home Movies.

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