Movie Review: Feast of the Seven Fishes


Now playing in select theaters and on digital (on Blu-ray and DVD December 17, 2019), is the romantic comedy, Feast of the Seven Fishes. The film stars Skylar Gisondo (Vacation), Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), and Joe Pantoliano, to name a few.

I am not Italian, but my husband is. In fact, he’s 100% Italian. His grandparents (both sides of his family) came to the U.S. from Italy Napoli (Naples). I have never heard of the Feast of the Seven Fishes until I married my husband.

For those who are not familiar with Feast of the Seven Fishes, it’s an Italian-American celebration held on Christmas Even where you eat seafood dishes. Of course there are other foods served as well. 

My mother in law went all out when it came to cooking the feast. She mostly did it all herself. Others helped her, but I think she enjoyed doing it all.

My mother in law would make various shrimp dishes, fish, crab, mussels, calamari, eel, clams, scallops, as well as baked ziti and roast beef for those who didn’t eat seafood (my husband and my sister in law). She also made plenty of side dishes (vegetables, salad, pasta, potatoes…), not to mention appetizers and desserts.

To say I looked forward to Christmas Eve with my mother in law was an understatement. My husband’s side is a large family (he’s one of six, they are all married with children). My mother in law cooked liked she was feeding an army.

The film, Feast of the Seven Fishes, is based on this holiday tradition.

Tony and his family are prepping for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Tony had recently broken up with his girlfriend, but she is not ready to let him go.

Tony is a talented artist who dreams of going to art school. He is reluctant to share his dreams with his family because he knows they are looking forward to him taking over the family business.

On Christmas Eve, Tony joins his friend and his friend’s girlfriend to hang out. The girlfriend brings along a friend of hers named, Beth.

Unlike Tony, who lives in a middle class neighborhood, Beth comes from money. She attends a private school and she too has recently broken up with her boyfriend.

There is an instant connection between Tony and Beth.

After spending the night together (no sex involved), and being caught by their grandma, Beth is invited by the family to join them for the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Beth’s Christmas Eve doesn’t consist of much. It’s just her and her mother for the most part. This is the total opposite of Tony’s Christmas Even which involves loud family members, a lot of people coming and going, and A LOT of food.

I’m not going to end this with asking a question and telling you to see the movie to find the answer. It’s not that kind of a movie. It’s just a sweet, romantic comedy that involves a couple of young people and their families on Christmas Eve.

I thought this was a sweet movie. It’s set back in the early 1980’s, long before cellphones and laptops. You’ll notice the retro looking holiday decorations and clothing that everyone wears. I like the nostalgic look and “feel” of the film.

The acting in the film is well done. It did remind me of a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes meal with a loud, boisterous Italian family (I don’t mean that in a negative way – just the opposite!). I miss that experience. After my mother in law passed away, the tradition died with her. Now my husband’s family is apart (long story). Our Christmas Eve now consists of going out to eat at a restaurant with me, my husband and our two kids. Sigh… I miss that Feast.

Gisondo and Iseman have great chemistry together. In fact, I think all the characters in this film were perfectly cast.

I like that this is a wholesome, entertaining holiday film. It doesn’t rely on bad language, sex, nudity or violence. No holiday movie should, but sadly, some films feel like they need to go in that direction.

This movie might now make you talk in great depth about it around the water cooler, but it will make you feel good and get you in the holiday spirit.

You can check out the movie on it’s official website, FeastoftheSevenFishesMovie.com.

as well as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The official hashtag is #FeastoftheSevenFishesMovie.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There as no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.