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Year: 2003
USA: Artistic License Films
Cast: Carmine Famiglietti, Joseph Summa, Gino Cafarelli, Anthony Barrile, Michael Bocchetti, Nicky Cerulli, Lucille Tomczyk, Anthony Pellicci, Paola Walker, Stefan Lysenko, John Sialiano, Pete Medina, Kiwi Limone, Tami Powers, Cris Cruz, Santino Jimenez, Linda Sandoval, Valtair Teixeira, Adam Garcia, Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini, Britney Bunker, Joe "Pepper" Tomczyk, Ed Rossy, John "Malibu" Costantino, Susan Ann Davis, Jenny Loglisci, William Bell, Carmine Famiglietti, Mary Loglisci, Too Long the Donkey
Directors: Rajeev Nirmalakhandan, J C Bari
Country: USA
USA: 81 mins
USA Rated: R for language
USA Release Date: 27 August 2004 (Limited Release - New York)


The life of Queens resident Dino Condito (Carmine Famiglietti) is about to take a surprising turn. After letting down his softball team by striking out in the bottom of the ninth against Hoboken, his crew brands him "the chooch." Trying to cheer up his cousin, Jubilene Condito (Joseph Summa) cashes in the savings from his first holy communion and springs for a vacation to Cancun. "You mean leave Queens?" asks Dino, as if the thought had never occurred to him.

But there's a mix-up on the way to the airport involving a mysterious bag of money. As soon as Dino and Jube land in Mexico, they're abducted by a pair of thugs and left in the desert at the mercy of a trio of soldiers. It takes reuniting Dino's old Queens "crew," including Dino's beloved pet dachshund, to save the two cousins. Only after a jail bust, donkey ride, chicken coop explosion, and a life-changing love affair at the local bordello does the crew finally arrive to save the day. Returning home in triumphant glory with his reunited crew and newfound love Ladonna (Paola Walker), Dino discovers the meaning of family, friendship and neighborhood.

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