Home Sweet Hoboken (2001)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Caper  |  
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Japanese filmmaker Yoshifumi Hosoya, who has lived in the States since 1984, follows up on his directorial debut Sleepy Heads -- an offbeat look at Japanese ex-pats living in New York -- with this caper comedy featuring a cast of such indie luminaries as Ben Gazzara and Elizabeth Ashley. The film centers around a lonely Hoboken widow named Beth (Ashley) who lives with her two slacker grandsons, Gabe (Jayce Bartok) and Brad (Lee Holmes). The two dream of opening a pizza shop together but have a hard time even getting off the living room couch. One day, Beth has her wedding ring appraised and learns that it is worth ten million dollars. Soon, the story gets the attention of the local media, and a number of shady characters -- including an aging thief (Gazzara), his Chinese sidekick (Ken Leung), and Beth's own drool-mouth grandkids -- who hope to relieve the widow of her riches.