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I really wanted to like "Puccini for Beginners" but it is a heavily flawed film.
1. It is not funny enough. I don't think I laughed out loud once and I only chuckled a few time.
2. The main character is not sympathetic enough. She is cheating on both her boyfriend and her girlfriend.
3. It steals too much from the Woody Allen films "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan" but is not nearly as clever as it wants to be.
4. There is hardly any opera music or reference to opera. With a title that contains the name "Puccini," I was expecting opera to play a bigger part.
Despite that, there are some mildly funny parts and the cast is attractive, especially Gretchen Moll. I wish she had been in the film more.
"Puccini for Beginners" is not a really bad film but it is disappointing because it could have been much better. If you are looking for a good lesbian themed comedy, watch "Gray Matters." It was much funnier.
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