Kiss Me, Guido

First-time writer-director Tony Vitale has said he wants to do for Da Bronx, Italian-American division, what Spike Lee has done for African-American Brooklyn. But where the far more skilled Lee both celebrates and subverts Noo Yawk stereotypes, Vitale ladles on the cliches with extra sauce. That said, Kiss Me, Guido has a hey-Ma-I’m-makin’-a-movie enthusiasm that’s more infectious than it has any right to be. Nick Scotti is densely appealing as a young De Niro wannabe who plunges unknowingly into Greenwich Village’s gay culture, while Anthony DeSando and Craig Chester mine real laughs from their paper-thin roles as, respectively, Scotti’s macho brother and the male Eve Arden of Mulberry Street. Vitale does stand comparison with Lee in one area: Guido’s lone female character, a man-hungry shrew, is as mean-spirited as any woman you’ll find in Spike’s joints. C+

Kiss Me, Guido
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