Nino Micelli (Pierrino Mascarino), an elderly Italian peasant, is coming to America for the first time in his life. He sent a letter off to his nephew Robert Micelli (Joe Mantegna) and his wife Marie (Anne Archer) to announce his arrival, but their 12 year-old old daughter Gina (Gina Mantegna) misplaces it so nobody knows Nino is on his way.
Nino has not seen his nephew in over 30 years and is excited to reconnect with his American family. When Marie picks him up at the airport, Nino is only carrying his violin and a suitcase full of homemade wine. But in his heart Nino brings with him a love of good food and drink, music, and most importantly, a love of family and of life itself. Not only are the Micelli’s surprised by Uncle Nino’s arrival, but he is equally surprised to find a family that is completely disconnected. Robert, who has just learned from his boss that he is up for a big promotion, is obsessed with his work and getting ahead in life. He has little time for his family, let alone Nino. Marie fills her time with work and running the kids around. She rarely cooks anymore since no one is ever home and is growing tired of being alone. She is beginning to question their way of life.
“Uncle Nino” is a wonderful story about family and how that sometimes things happen for a reason that are unclear to us at first. We all need help in our lives to find the happiness we are missing in this fast- paced world of ours. Having help to stop along the way to pay attention to the influences of older generations can help us open our eyes. There will always be a generation gap in every family, but it is important for everyone to remember it takes many generations to encourage us all to see the values of life. This movie is about that.
“Uncle Nino” is a very inspiring movie for old and young alike. Dove highly recommends this fantastic family movie to everyone. We award “Uncle Nino” the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for All Ages.