- Wonderful heartwarming and sweet movie with laugh out loud comedy 11/19/2020 12:00:00 AM by rannynm
Team Marco is a wonderful, heartwarming and sweet movie. This family-friendly fun comedy will have you laughing, bring you joy and inspire you to seize each day.
This movie is about a boy named Marco (Owen Vaccaro) who is insanely addicted to video games. When his grandmother dies and his house nearly burns down, his grandpa, Nonno (Anthony Patellis), moves in. Nonno is extremely bothered with his grandson's obsession with video games. Nonno will not stand for this and takes measures into his own hands. He decides to take away all of Marco's electronics and forces him to play outside. Nonno teaches Marco his favorite sport - bocce ball. Can Marco and his team of friends beat Nonno and his gang of neighborhood Italian bocce ballers in a bocce ball tournament?
This movie was written, directed and produced by Julio Vincent Gambuto, and it is his first feature film. This story is inspired by a real-life experience. About four years ago, when Julio was visiting his nieces and nephews, he noticed that his nephew, Marco, didn't even greet him when he arrived at their house because his head was buried in his electronics. This sparked the idea for his movie. The film takes place in Julio's beloved hometown, Staten Island, NY. It was filmed on location, which was very important to Julio. He loves his hometown community and was passionate about it being filmed on Staten Island. My favorite characters are Nonno and Marco. I really like the performances of Anthony Patellis because of his dry sense of humor and his love of family, which shines through. He is very entertaining while playing the cranky grandpa battling technology. Owen Vaccaro convincingly plays the "pre-teen techie" Marco. I can relate to his love of electronics and his struggles trying to balance Nonno's desire for conversation, friendship and connecting through Nonno's favorite sport, bocce ball. My favorite part of the movie is when Nonno is trying to figure out the Google Assistant.
The main message of the movie is to be present when around your family. This film shows technology is not always bad, and in fact connects us. It also reminds everyone that, while technology will be around forever, your family will not be. Cherish the time you have with your family.
I give Team Marco 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 14, plus adults. Reviewed by Katherine S., KIDS FIRST!
- Great family movie!! 11/21/2020 12:00:00 AM by AnaBH1220
Wonderful movie for the whole family! Love the relationship between Nonno and Marco.My kids sat and watched the whole movie without interruption... I give it 10 stars!!!
- Laughs and tears in this family treat 11/23/2020 12:00:00 AM by sg1042002
Family matters. Heart-warming story so needed today. Marco and his grandfather's relationship feels honest and real. Wonderful homage to Staten Island NY's forgotten borough too. Watch with the whole family.
- Great Family film especially now during Co-VID 11/22/2020 12:00:00 AM by apope-566-71788
This is a beautifully paced, well cast, amusing film for the whole film, especially those overly into their video games. emotionally resonant and relevant to our times. Bravo to this first time feature director!
- Fun, timely, life-affirming family movie 11/26/2020 12:00:00 AM by marcforget
I really enjoyed this film, especially at this time of division and illness and unease. It's so much fun to watch, has a simple but important message, and reminds us of what matters. The actors are great, the script is funny, and it has the funniest delivery of the word "Facebook" I've ever heard.