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Crackers (2012)

A visit from the in-laws triggers a chain of events that led to the disruption of a middle-aged man's serene and blissfully married existence.


Gregory Principato


Gregory Principato (co-writer), Timothy Reinhardt (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Gus
Brenda Vaccaro ... Bidella
Dan Hedaya ... Jack
Sal Richards Sal Richards ... Blind Willy
Anthony Laciura ... Frank
BethAnn Bonner ... Cat
Vincent Mora Vincent Mora ... Luke
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Luisi Frank Luisi ... Gambler #2
Vincent Mora Jr. Vincent Mora Jr. ... Luke
Severio Principato Severio Principato ... Gambler #1


Gus (Vincent D'Onofrio), an out of work chef, is content living in his small paradise, surrounded by his beautiful wife (BethAnn Bonner), vibrant garden, and beloved opera music. Gus's life is turned upside down when his cantankerous mother in law Bidelia (Brenda Vaccaro), and her precious collection of nutcrackers invades his home. He turns to his friends, a blind bookie (Sal Richards) and a barber (Anthony Laciura) for help. Their oddball antics only make matters worse. Gus slowly loses his paradise and his sanity as Bidelia methodically destroys everything that is sacred to him. Written by Producers

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A superb black comedy that starts slow then gradually builds up then hits the viewer of itsslam-bang finale.
28 July 2018 | by aarosediSee all my reviews

A superb black comedy short that has Gus (D'Onofrio) married to Cat (Bonner), a hot redhead almost half his age, invites over his wife's parents (Hedaya and Vaccarro) over for the household's usual Sunday dinner where they are joined in by a neighbor's kid (Mora) whose single mother is off to work and the couple is more than happy to accommodate him. The dinner setting was to be start of the series of incidents that escalates into an explosive finale where we get to see Mr. D'Onofrio in his thespic element where arriving from sanity to cuckoo-landia is as effortless as a flick of the switch, while Ms. Vaccarro provides an exceptional loud-mouthed foil, an agent of chaos to the opera-loving cook's domestic life. The straightforward presentation of the narrative helped a lot in making the audience focus more on highlighting the filmmaker's flair for depicting a man's descent to near-madness. This is especially apparent in the scene where the Gus character finally snapped though there wasn't much technical complexity in the manner it was presented but it is more than adequate in helping create an impact in enhancing the rhythm of the comedic narrative, the half-hour running time feels like a breeze.

Gus' banter with the blind bookie (Richards) and the barber (Laciura) constitute another sphere in cook's life that shows another facet to the protagonist's character. In particular, the one that happened in Gus' garden and the barber shop rivals that of the dinner table scene, never drab and makes for such interesting minor characters. The same can be said of Gus' interactions with his wife and the neighbor's kid that helps display a softer side to Gus' persona.

The film owes much to the director and the well-structured script that pulled out some fascinating performances from all the actors involved in this funny story.

My rating: B-flat.

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