Everybody Wants to Be Italian (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  26 March 2009 (Israel)
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It's a case of mistaken ethnicity, where two non-Italians pretend to be Italian to win each others hearts in Boston's North End.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Bianski
Marisa Costa
Steve Bottino
Gianluca Tempesti
Papa Aldo Tempesti
Isabella Bisclari
Silvano the Tailor
Nick the Jeweler
Mrs. Abignali
Mario Bisciari
Teresa the Florist
Anna the Seamstress


Are all relationships based on lies? Jake Bianski runs a fish market in north Boston, surrounded by Italians. For years, he's carried a torch for Isabella, an ex-girlfriend now married with three children and no interest in Jake. Yet, he tells everyone she's his girlfriend, including Marisa, a veterinarian his employees set him up with at the Italian singles club. She's interested in him until he tells her about his girlfriend, then he's persistent in asking her to be his friend. As the friendship bumps along, Jake realizes that reality may be better than fantasy, but what if Isabella changes her mind about Jake, and what if it comes out that Marisa, like Jake, isn't Italian? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


When it comes to love... it's always better to be Italian.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 March 2009 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Coup de foudre à l'Italienne  »

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Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$197,773 (USA) (5 September 2008)


$350,801 (USA) (10 October 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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The closing credits list the primary crew with their nationality alongside their names. See more »


References History of the World: Part I (1981) See more »

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User Reviews

Better than expected
4 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect when I went in to see "Everybody Wants to Be Italian," I knew it was romantic comedy that was centered around a relationship between two people who are not Italian, but pretend to be because they think that's the other one's ethnicity.

Jake is the owner of fish store who has been stalking his ex-girlfriend who is now married with three kids, for the past 8 years, he even thinks one of the kids is his.

His employees(John Enos, John Kapelos, Richard Libertini) who are also his therapists/partners in crime decide to take some decisive action and fix him up with a beautiful girl named Maria,(Cerina Vincent) who they think is Italian.

The plan works to some degree and with the support of his other friends around Boston, including Penny Marshall in a brief cameo, they are able to get Jack to see the light and pay attention to Maria. Lot's of good one liners to keep the audience laughing throughout, most of the theater had full belly laugh out loud moments, which was good to hear.

I credit writer-director Jason Todd Ipson for keeping things simple and true to the natural process of dating and life, the girls always want what they can't have. Really easy on the eyes is Cerina Vincent as Marsia, who manages to shine despite typically being cast in horror films. This one is much better than advertised and one to watch this fall.

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