Maggie is an uptight, single mother and college writing teacher from New York City. In an effort to reconnect with her troubled teen daughter Summer, she decides to embark on a journey to a...
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Maggie is an uptight, single mother and college writing teacher from New York City. In an effort to reconnect with her troubled teen daughter Summer, she decides to embark on a journey to a Tuscan village that she frequented in her younger days. Upon arrival, Maggie runs into Luca, a handsome former lover who is still a bachelor and lives with his eighty-year-old mother, Carmen. Summer (missing her "bad boy" boyfriend in NYC) and Carmen (secretly planning a wedding against Luca's wishes to Marcelino, her one true love in Rome) impulsively steal Luca's car and race off to Rome. Maggie and Luca quickly pursue allowing the two mismatched couples to spend some time together and develop a new understanding of each other.
Review: I'm usually a suckered for an emotional Rom-Com but this film really wasn't that good. Sarah Jessica Parker is more annoying than funny and her daughter Summer, played by Rosie Day, just didn't have any respect for her mother or any adults whatsoever. The storyline also went from one extreme the next and I lost interest as soon as Maggie (Sarah Jessica Parker), threw her daughters iPhone out of the car window so she wouldn't receive calls from her boyfriend. When they finally reach the remote Tuscan village, were Maggie previously fell for the dashing Luca (Raoul Bova), she tries to bond with Summer but she just wants to go back to NYC to be with her boyfriend. Summer then decides to steal Luca's car and make her way back to the airport but Luca's eighty year old mother, Carmen (Claudia Cadinale) needs to get to her secret wedding, against her sons wishes, so she jumps in the car with Summer and they make there way to Rome. When Maggie realises that they have escaped in Luca's car, they take chase, to try and stop them in there tracks. That's the main concept of the story but of course, Maggie and Luca fall in love, which really wasn't that surprising, and Summer causes trouble along the way. I wasn't expecting too much from this movie because I don't really rate Parker as an actress. The script also was really poor and the silly situations that Maggie and Summer get themselves in, just became ridiculous after a while. Anyway, I wasn't a big fan of this film and I'm not surprised that it didn't go down well audiences around the world. Disappointing!
Round-Up: Sarah Jessica Parker, 51, first hit the big screen in 1984, in the hit movie Footloose and she started to make a name for herself with films like Girls Just Want To Have Fun, L.A. Story, Honeymoon in Vegas, Striking Distance, Hocus Pocus, Ed Wood, First Wives Club and Mars Attacks but it was Sex and the City that made her an household name. After two hit movies from the series and the lead in The Family Stone and Failure To Launch, she hasn't really taken on many projects. The movies that she has taken on, have been really poor and her range, in terms of acting skills, are pretty small so this movie was a disaster from the beginning. It was directed by Ella Lemhagen who has made 11 movies for the Swedish market, which haven't really been heard of. I personally think that it's going to take a very well written movie for Parker to come out of the Sex and the City bubble because her career hasn't progressed since the hit series became popular around the world.
I recommend this movie to people who are into their comedies starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Raoul Bova, Rosie Day, Paz Vega and Claudia Cardinale. 2/10
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