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This has to be one of the most uniquely and individually poorly acted,
horribly scripted, total failures of an attempt at comedy. Trying way
too hard to be a goof-ball comedy this movie sinks and sinks to the
bottom from beginning to the end. Not one character has the ability to
endear him/herself to the viewer.
Why I stuck with this to the finish is a mystery to me. Maybe I subconsciously thought 'it will get better' - but it doesn't. The stereotyping of each character almost becomes juvenile and offensive very soon in the story. And as an aside - what's with those weird outfits the females wore? Very strange clothing!
If you want to have a good cry of disappointment - watch this stupid movie!
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No this is not another film in Martin Lawrence's diabolically unfunny Big Momma's franchise! Taking its cues from the likes of They're A Weird Mob and The Wogboy, Big Mamma's Boy is a local comedy that trades on broad cultural stereotypes and potentially offensive ethnic centric humour for small laughs. To say that it makes the recent Nick Giannopoulos comedy Wogboy 2: The Kings Of Mykonos look sophisticated is to damn it with faint praise. This laboured and lacklustre comedy is excruciatingly unfunny, and falls flat. Big Mamma's Boy is the brainchild of former stand up comic Frank Lotito, who has not only written the script but also taken on the lead role. Lotito plays Rocco Pileggi, a 35-year old real estate agent, who stills lives at home with his overly possessive and widowed mother Teresa (Carmelina Di Gugliemo). When he meets Katie (former pop star and Neighbours star Holly Valance), a rival real estate agent, he considers moving out of home, much to Mamma's displeasure. First time feature film director and co-writer Franco Di Chiera is an AFI award winner who comes from a background in documentary and television drama. But he seems unable to restrain his performers and instil in them a sense of subtlety, comic timing and nicely nuanced performances. Consequently most of the performances are hamfisted and awkward, and play to shrill stereotypes, caricatures and mannerisms. Worst of all is Lotito, a terribly uncharismatic leading man whose performance is flat, over the top and embarrassingly one-dimensional. Comic George Kapiniaris also fares badly with his boisterous performance as Rocco's boss. And Valance is unable to do much with a character that lacks depth. Theatre veteran Di Gugliemo has a few good moments as Mamma, and a wonderful running joke sees her often on her death bed after collapsing following some of Rocco's embarrassing moments. And veteran Maria Venuti brings a sultry and seductive quality to her improbable role as Rocco's neighbour who willingly teaches him some of the essential survival skills for a potential bachelor cooking, ironing, etc.
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My hat must be taken off to Frank Lotito and the rest of the cast and
crew of Big Mamma's Boy. They have pulled off a fantastically funny and
fresh Italo-Australian film that crowds of people will enjoy. Whilst I
can somewhat understand why certain critics aren't wrapped in the film,
I do think they are expecting too much from what is aimed at being a
light hearted romp, focusing on the lives of many young Australian men
that too can call themselves Mamma's Boys.
Lets take a look at the actors involved. Firstly we have the man himself, Frank Lotito. Aside from starring as Rocco he also produced and wrote the screenplay. Frank is a comedian I have followed for years, ever since his big break gigs opening for Joe Avati. Frank is sensational in this film.
Next we have Carmelina Di Guglielmo who plays Roccos Mamma. It takes a special kind of person to play the role of Mamma, and boy can she do it. Her on screen presence and ability to make you laugh and cry at once is her greatest attribute.
I will stick to Roccos family for now and go onto Nonno, played by Osvaldo Maione. Every Italian kid, be them 5, 15 or 55 will always remember their Nonno walking around in his mutande (underpants). Osvaldo is brilliant as Nonno, and he even teaches a valuable lesson we can all take on board.
We will finish off family (although some might find that term used loosely in this part) with Pia Miller's character, Maria. I am sorry but I will stick to my guns and say that Rocco should have gone with the second cousin. Pia is absolutely stunning on screen.
Roccos love interest Katie (played by Holly Valance) is your typical, Australian power-woman, something a good little Mammas boy should steer clear of...but not Rocco. Holly is very believable in this role.
Two of my favourite characters would have to be Mr & Mrs Cotoletta (played by Costas Kilias and Maria Venuti). Your typical, across-the-road Italian couple who spend their days washing the pavement (during water restrictions) and their nights drinking coffee and eating lasagna. Maria is delightful as is Costas (not bad for a Greek playing an Italian) Finally we have Greek Australian comedian George Kapiniaris who plays Roccos boss, Theo. Theo is a real womanizer with a passion for Roccos Mammas food. George plays the role perfectly and his on screen chemistry with Frank is awesome to watch.
The story is very simple, some may say predictable, however I want to commend Frank on keeping the story true to what he intended it to be. A great film for the entire Famiglia to enjoy.
9/10 from me.
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