Little Italy (2018)


“You’re so thin… no one trusts a skinny cook.” – Dora Angioli

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The children of feuding Pizza shop owners try and renew their friendship after years apart.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw the preview for a few months back and was intrigued about what the film was all about and what they could do with such an interesting concept for a rom-com that hopefully wouldn’t follow the normal pattern of movies in the genre.

Boy, was I wrong.

This film was terrible from start to finish and doesn’t manage to give us anything interesting to watch at all.

The film’s premise that Hayden Christiansen and Emma Roberts were best friends for decades is so hard to believe since they have absolutely no chemistry together whenever their characters interact.

The plot is poorly written and too often can be thought of as being quite “cheesy” and just makes the viewer roll their eyes at how the story moves along.

The only bright spots in this film are the supporting roles by Andrea Martin and Danny Aiello as the older generation of Italians who despite acting like stereotypical Italians still can make one smile at the things they say and do.

The film’s main premise about a decade long feud is kept mysterious throughout the movie yet once it’s revealed it comes across as being so silly that it makes one wonder why they couldn’t think of something much more plausible as the crux of the film.

Bottom Line – Terrible rom-com that fails to work on any level. The chemistry between Christiansen and Roberts is non-existent ad it’s quite had to believe that they were best friends for so many years. The film’s plot is poorly written and I dare so much too “cheesy” for it’s own good.  The only bright spots in this film are Aiello and Martin who are quite funny as stereptyical Italians.  The reason for the feud is kept quite ambiguous throughout the movie but once it’s revealed, it makes things even worse because it’s so hard to actually buy the very silly excuse that they present us with.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Emma Roberts was spotted on set wearing a red shirt saying, “A slice of heaven.” Julia Roberts, Emma’s real life aunt, wore a shirt with the same color and description in Mystic Pizza (1988), made by the same director as this film, which has people speculating this may be a follow up. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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