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GilbertMulroneycakesAndFriendsDec 6, 2002What the hell is that title all about? I assume I'd get it if I was blacklatinItalian American. But I'm not, so I don't. Anyway, the film. Not bad. But not great. A teensy bit gratuitous and unecessary. Watchable enough.
Despite some hazy plot points, the tough, compelling drama comes together quite satisfyingly, standing alongside 1996's "The Funeral" as perhaps the most controlled and cohesive of Ferrara's uneven work of recent years.
R Xmas offers a poetic and profane ambiguity that's vintage Ferrara. The drug dealers are community leaders, the cops are corrupt, and the materialistic wife has unimagined emotional reserves.
The title refers to the commercialization of just about everything in modern society, and Ferrara brings touches of his ornery filmmaking imagination to bear on the pessimistic parable.