Just when it seems every production under the sun seems to be jetting off to Italy, “Spin Me Round
” writer-director Jeff Baena
looked for another angle: to dismantle the fantasy facade of the romanticized nation, and then, well, spin it. Baena’s “Spin Me Round
,” which he co-wrote with lead star and frequent collaborator Alison Brie
is part coming-of-age story and part slap in the face of the “expectation versus reality” memes, all wrapped up in a #MeToo mystery.
In the film, which debuted at SXSW in March and is being released this week, Brie plays Amber, a manager at fast food restaurant Tuscan Grove, an Olive Garden insert, who wins a corporate retreat to Italy. While her fellow top-earning managers are also attending the company seminars, Amber only has eyes for franchise founder Nick Martucci
Yet Nick’s assistant Kat (Aubrey Plaza
) seems to be letting Amber