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Everybody Wants to Be Italian (2007)

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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>

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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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Papa Aldo Tempesti: Napoleon hid his Italian-ness.
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Crazy Credits

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

Light Dish of Pasta
8 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not too much pasta and sauce on this plate but plenty of fun inside the shell's. I wouldn't call this the best romantic comedy I have seen over the last 2-3 years but what it had for me was a refreshing blend of ingredients that didn't upset my stomach. A good blend of old and new from a cast that worked well on screen together. Once I got past the notion that this guy Jake, was held up on the same girl for 8 years, I was fine. The scene when Jake was with all the educated Harvard types and he broke down his business model was a fun twist, we got to learn that this guy was more than a good looking frame. I have seen critical reviews the last three days and I for one just don't see where they are coming from, I'd suggest you get out and see the film for yourself. I don't know how much the title hurts the film, but I certainly don't think people should take it so literal, it would seem that the writer wanted to express that everyone wants to be passionate, needed, and in search of a sole mate?

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