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Once More with Feeling (2009)

A midlife crisis dramatic comedy about a man who pursues his old ambition to become a singer through karaoke.

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Frank Gregorio
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Lana Gregorio
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Lydia
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Frank Gregorio is a successful psychiatrist, loving husband, and doting grandfather to the two children of his eldest daughter, Lana. When the universe conspires to introduce him to karaoke through both a patient's parent issues and his precocious granddaughter's birthday party, Frank rediscovers a long-suppressed dream of becoming a professional singer. While his wife, Angelina, believes he is just practicing to sing at their younger daughter's upcoming wedding, Frank befriends a karaoke aficionado, Lydia, a femme fatale who has other plans for the would-be crooner. Simultaneously the sarcastic and harried Lana grows increasingly neurotic about her post-pregnancy weight and flagging marriage and contemplates solutions in the form of plastic surgery and an affair with a hunky and charismatic police officer. Like father, like daughter? How will this close-knit Italian American family cope with the decisions Frank and Lana make? Written by Anonymous

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Linda Fiorentino's first acting job since 2002. See more »

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Am I Blue?
Written by Clarke & Akst
Published by Warner Brothers Music
Performed by Linda Fiorentino, The Dred Scott Trio (uncredited), Dred Scott, Ben Rubin and Gaelen McKenna
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Dreams Deferred
21 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone over 40 has a dream deferred that sometimes keeps us awake at night. "Once More With Feeling" reminds us how life gets in the way of those dreams. Dr. Frank Gregorio's,Chazz Palminteri, immigrant parents wanted him to become a doctor which he did, but he dreamed to be a singer. Forty years later before his daughter's wedding he starts singing in karaoke contests- trying to live his dream.

Facing his successful day to day practice, Dr. Gregorio longs for the dream he had as a young man; maybe for a change of pace, maybe for some excitement, but mostly for himself--that one thing he still has within that will make him happy--at least he thinks so.

Set in suburban Connecticut amidst wedding plans for his daughter, babysitting the grand kids, aging parents, children with mid-life crisis, Frank's dream buys him some personal time and competes with his reality. Karaoke contests are the vehicle to stardom in Frank's eyes, but his reality has replaced his dreams with something more important to him.

The singing will not win an Oscar, but the sentiment can't be topped.


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