Vinnie's wife died many years earlier and he has had to raise two sons and daughter. He lives with one of his son's (Edoardo Ballerini) - who is an upcoming pop singer - and contends with the illness of his daughter (Christy Carlson Romano) who is in the hospital with leukemia.
Vinnie pays his bills by working in a bar and playing music at bar mitzvahs with his buddy – and former Dreamer band member – Vic (Joe Grafisi). Life isn't really too tough for old Vinnie but he does have regrets about not fulfilling his life since the glory days. But at least he does have a family, his old band is talking again and things are looking up since he started dating his daughter's nurse Joanne (Diane Venora).
Looking For an Echo, directed by Marin Davidson (who also directed Eddie and The Cruisers) deals with the angst of nostalgia and all those issues that well-to-do middle age guys deal with. The biggest problem is that the film doesn't know how to let go of its conventional trappings and, worse, it is drenched in sentimentalism.
Some may like the film just for these reasons – plus the performances are all rather good and the doo-wop music is…well acceptable to some people. But if you don't want to see a film that's as predictable as yesterday's news then you'd be advised to stay away.