"The storybooks are bullshit!"
The story of your typical Italian American family living in New York. Loretta (Cher
), a widow in her late thirties who has moved back in with her parents since the death of her husband, accepts a proposal from her bumbling boyfriend Johnny (Danny Aiello), who suddenly has to leave in order to visit his dying mother in Sicily. While he's away, Loretta tries to convince Johnny's estranged brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage
) to give up their feud and come to the upcoming wedding, but accidentally falls for him. At the same time, Loretta's father (Vincent Gardenia) is having a secret affair while her mother (Olympia Dukakis) ponders the skirt-chasing mentality of men. Hilarity Ensues
Notable for getting Cher, Dukakis and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley Academy Awards
. Notable further for the fact that the acting awards, for a spot-on depiction of a big Italian family, went to the non
-Italian actors. Italian Vincent Gardenia did get nominated, but didn't win.