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Theft, Italian style, in a gem of a screwball comedy from Italy...
Neil Doyle4 June 2008
Wow! Until you hear SOPHIA LOREN speak in her native language, you'd never guess how fast she can talk--especially when it comes to a breezy comedy like this involving a family of thieves run by VITTORIO DeSICA and trying to fleece, among others, MARCELLO MASTROIANNI from his cab while trying to stay one step ahead of the authorities.

Her fast talk is exceptional--and funny--considering the situations she gets into. She has a fluency in Italian that she never showed in her English speaking roles and a terrific sense of timing and humor. She also looks fabulous.

But the real star of the film is VITTORIO DeSICA as the smooth talking and very elegant head of a family of thieves. Grandma is adept at stealing wallets and the kids are handy at stealing tires off cars. From the start, it's obvious that Sophia (as Lina) and Marcello (as Paolo) are bound to fall in love despite the stormy relationship that has them embroiled in arguments over all of their mishaps.

It's amusing from start to finish, which has the predictable ending which has the two of them in a clinch from which they're in no hurry to abandon after a quarrel, not even with a bunch of onlookers wondering why he slapped her first.

It's a pure joy to watch these pros at work, but it's clear that DeSica has to be one of the most consummate actors of Italian cinema--just as wonderful before the camera as behind it. And Sophia and Marcello keep up with him every step of the way.

Watching this with subtitles is worth it, even though they speak so fast that you'll spend a lot of time just reading the English captions.
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An entertaining Italian screwball comedy.
st-shot9 June 2008
One of the last century's great life forces Sophia Loren is on fine display in this entertaining piece of screwball Italiano as she teams up with Marcello Mastroianni for the first of fifteen pairings. Loren is Lina Stroppiani who along with her father (Vittorio De Sica) are professional thieves. With two male accomplices Lina attempts to steal Paolo's (Mastroianni) taxi but instead of taking her to the police he grudgingly and through much frustration falls for her.

Too Bad's thin and inane plot is brusquely carried along by the energetic, suave and sexy style of its cast. Loren's face, breasts and hips seduce the camera and dominate the scenery as she understandably flusters the comic Marcello. Loren's presence negates anyone stealing the film from her but De Sica as her father shrewdly manipulates with a suave charm, especially in one of the film's final scenes where he all but takes over a police station.

Over a half a century later Too Bad She's Bad retains its comic energy and entertainment value much in part to the ideal melding of opera and screwball and the earthy blinding presence of the stunning Ms. Loren strolling the sidewalks of Rome.
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Love and thievery.
Gerald A. DeLuca11 January 2003
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***SLIGHT SPOILERS*** This off-the-wall "commedia all'italiana" pairs Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni for the very first time, and it is a delightful piece of nonsense from beginning to end. Roman taxi-driver Paolo (Mastroianni) is entrusted by his cab company with a new car, which he manages to drive into little fender-benders virtually every ten minutes. His biggest worry is his encounter with beauty Lina (Sophia Loren). It isn't long before he realizes that she and her two "boyfriends" hire him to take them to the beach just so they can attempt to steal the car.

A little recourse to the girl's dad doesn't help. He turns out to be a thief himself who specializes in suitcases of wealthy travelers. The entire family, as a matter of fact, is a group of incorrigible thieves, right down to wallet-lifting grandma. Lina's father is played by Vittorio De Sica in a characterization that for me steals the entire show. You can't help liking a guy who, while a compulsive bag-snatcher, constantly laments the decline of morals and values of the times.

Paolo is helpless in trying to convince the authorities about the crooked family's shenanigans, even after witnessing Lina's fingering of a wallet on a bus. He cannot compete with the girl's crafty wiles or dad's lunatic manipulation of reality. It is inevitable, of course, that Paolo and Lina fall in love, that he propose to keep her on the right side of the law, and that in their final public display of kissing, all will be forgiven. Love overcomes larceny.

Actor De Sica, of course, is the great actor/director who would later helm Mastroianni and Loren's most popular films together: MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE and YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. This movie was made by veteran director Alessandro Blasetti, who had a sure hand with this sort of thing. And although it is not up to his greatest films of previous years like PRIMA COMUNIONE, QUATTRO PASSI FRA LE NUVOLE, and 1860, it is well-crafted and very enjoyable. A subsequent film Blasetti made a year later, LUCKY TO BE A WOMAN, pairs Mastroianni and Loren once again.
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Too Bad She's Bad
zolaaar24 April 2006
Paolo (Marcello Mastroianni), a Roman cab driver, picks up beautiful Lina (Sophia Loren), who tries to steal his car. The complaint to her father Signore Stropianni (Vittorio De Sica) is no use - he is the head of a whole family of thieves. After Paolo realizes that involving authorities into the criminal doings of the Stropiannis is for nothing, he decides to fall in love with Lina.

It's a zippy, very funny and entertaining comedy with the young screen couple Loren/Mastroianni and veteran De Sica, who really shines in here. Lina is an attractive woman, desired by many men and is never at loss of words. Paolo, a man of integrity and good will (at least it seems like he is), is not as faithful as his rich passengers would have assumed. Together they get deeply enmeshed with each others criminalities.

The film was very successful in Italy and regarded as one of the highlights of the Italian comedy series of the 50s. Mainly the rising star of Sophia Loren (and Marcello Mastroianni), who shaped up well to serious competition to sexbomb Gina Lollobrigida, contributed to the success. And that made Hollywood keeping an eye for her talent (three years later she starred in Kramer's "The Pride and the Passion" among Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra).
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Pickpocket comedy with Italian screwballs...slight but sunny
moonspinner5517 November 2009
A young Sophia Loren momentarily entrances a young Marcello Mastroianni as a ruse for her friends to steal his taxi; he thwarts them and sees her home, only to find out soon enough she's also a pickpocket, and her wily papa works a luggage-stealing scheme down at the train station. Minor yet exquisitely breezy and uncomplicated Italian farce, with sexy asides and feisty banter no doubt charming American audiences who went to see this under the title "Too Bad She's Bad". We never really learn when Mastroianni's cabbie actually falls for the curvaceous Loren, just as we never discover when her feelings for him become anything other than business-related, but that's the beauty of the set-up. No scenes punctuate the weightier issues because the movie is issue-free. The most substantial exchange of dialogue comes late in the film between Sophia and father Vittorio De Sica as they discuss love: "No one ever died from heartbreak," he tells her. "In fact, that is what prolongs life." ** from ****
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Proof Positive Sofia was The Bomb... and Better Off in Italy
rajah524-34 June 2008
Mama Mia! La Gran -Sophia- at the tender age of -20-. Moreover in the kind of role she'd almost never be able to play in America at -any- age, let alone at the pinnacle of her astonishing sexual impact. The costumer put her in one understated but thoroughly boggling outfit after another.

The role suits the wardrobe and vice-versa. The Body going bawdy is exactly what the title infers, but with sufficient "screwball comedy" dialog to make it entertaining as well as educational. (The teacher -will- command your attention here. Yow.) Marcello is on top of his pre-Fellini game as the almost crafty-enough romantic lead, and De Sica does a fine local godfather. As a genre, post-war Italian cinema is almost always reliable, and this is no exception.

Guys (of any age): If you've got -any- sort of a masochistic yen for being manhandled by a world-class, hormone-heating, trick-or-treater, -this- will make your day. Hahahaha.
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A nice little comedy.
MartinHafer5 February 2011
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I saw this film on Turner Classic Movies recently and was disappointed with the captioning. It was captioned decades ago--when it was common to use white captions that tended to blend in with the picture (making them hard to read). In addition, the captioning was poor--only translating what the translator felt like you should know. Many times, people talk and what they say isn't translated at all---particularly if they are yelling or muttering to themselves. As for me, I am a purist--I want everything to be translated and translated clearly--and most foreign films are.

Marcello Mastroianni plays a cab driver who is very, very proud of his new cab. When a couple guys try to steal it and it's damaged in the process, he's furious and wants to catch them. Their female accomplice (Sophia Loren) is the only clue to their whereabouts and Marcello searches the city for her--and, frankly, considering how stunning she was, it's not surprising that that he sees her once again. When they do meet up again, however, she is quite disarming. She invites him home and he thinks she has a wonderful family (especially Vittorio De Sica)--though they are all in reality a pack of thieves and liars. Poor Marcello is a bit dim and he doesn't seems to catch on that they are NOT the sweet family he thinks they are.

After a while, Marcello falls head-over-heels for Sophia. After all, she is amazingly charming...and amazingly beautiful. But, when he realizes that the gift she just gave him was stolen from his boss, he's determined to have it out with her. However, every time he's ready to 'have it out with her', he ends up smashing his new cab. Eventually, he even ends up in the hospital and deep in debt. After a while, the cab is a wreck and so is poor Marcello. What's he to do?!

This is a cute little comedy. While certainly not among the best, it is well worth seeing and has nice acting. Plus, since Marcello plays a cabbie, you get to see a lot of Rome--and I liked seeing the Coliseum, Forum and many other sites. My only misgiving is that the film makes thieves seem kind of cute--which is far from true--especially if you've been victimized by one. Plus, in Rome, apparently families of thieves are still a serious problem--definitely not cute in any way.

By the way, is it me or didn't one of the thieves in the movie look a bit like Woody Allen?! Maybe it's just me...
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