King of the Corner

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King of the Corner ★★★ 2004 (R)

Leo (Riegert) has hit the middle-age wall and can hardly hold back his angst. He abhors his lifelong VP status at a Manhattan marketing job, wife Rachel (Rossellini) appears mentally unstable, and teenage daughter Elena (Johnson) just started dating. Adding to the stress are every-other-weekend treks to Arizona to visit his dying father Sol, whose sage advice for Leo teaches him the real meaning about being a “good Jew.” Adapted from the short-story collection “Bad Jews and Other Stories” by Gerald Shapiro, who co-wrote the screenplay along with actor/director Riegert. 93m/C VHS, DVD . US Peter Riegert, Isabella Rossellini, Beverly D'Angelo, Eli Wallach, Ashley Johnson, Eric Bogosian, Dominic Chianese, Rita Moreno, Peter Friedman, Harris Yulin, Frank Wood; D: Peter Riegert; W: Peter Riegert; C: Mauricio Rubinstein.