Childhood mates Nikki Angioli (Emma Roberts) and Leo Campo (Hayden Christensen) have at all times had a connection however they’ve by no means acted on it as a result of their warring households, who each have pizza eating places in Little Italy, Toronto following a three way partnership gone incorrect. After spending time in England, Nikki returns to Little Italy to organize for a cooking exhibit. She instantly is drawn again to Leo however will the 2 give in to their emotions, which is able to trigger ructions with their households?
Little Italy goals to be a candy romantic comedy however sadly it follows so carefully to typical romantic comedy method that there’s completely nothing new or unique. From the movie’s opening moments the place we find out about Nikki and Leo’s childhood bond, you recognize precisely the place the story goes. In reality, you can in all probability cease the movie and write the remaining your self and the probabilities are you’d do a significantly better job.
For a romantic comedy to achieve success, the script must be humorous and the leads have to have chemistry. Both of these issues are lacking right here. The laughs are few and much between, and largely come from a sub-plot involving a secret romance between the grandparents of every household. As for chemistry, Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen don’t a lot sizzle on display screen as fizzle. Roberts is often dependable however she has nothing to work with right here and Christensen is totally devoid of charisma. Watching them collectively is definitely fairly painful.
Another space the movie falls down is in its very primary stereotypes of Italian folks. Every single examine field is ticked and there’s no improvement or depth to something that goes on. Alyssa Milano is totally wasted as Nikki’s mom Dora however she’s just about the one individual that comes out of the movie properly. Why she signed on to this, and why any of the opposite proficient forged members did, is a little bit of a thriller.
Little Italy is a lazy, boring and formulaic rom-com that sadly doesn’t serve up what it ought to. There was an actual alternative for this to be a bit of gem of a movie but it surely’s simply unhealthy. I wouldn’t suggest it to even essentially the most die-hard of rom-com followers. With stereotypes a loads, a scarcity of plausible romances and disappointing performances, Little Italy misses the mark in each method doable.
Cast: Emma Roberts, Hayden Christensen, Danny Aiello, Andrea Martin, Alyssa Milano Director: Donald Petrie Writers: Steve Galluccio, Vinay Virmani Certificate: 15 Duration: 102 minutes Released by: The Movie Partnership Release date: 11th March 2019