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UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN

 
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At Theaters: 9/26/2003 On Video: 2/3/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 55 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419949
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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Trying to shake Frances out of her lethargy and post-breakup funk, her friend Patti offers Frances a gift that she hopes will do the trick: a ten day trip to Tuscany, in the heart of Italy. And right there, under the Tuscan sun, the unlikeliest thing happens: Frances impulsively buys a run-down villa named "Bramasole" and in so doing, plunges herself into a brand new life.
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Romantic Comedy - A happy and sad, feel-good, romantic comedy with lots of humor.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Diane Lane UNFAITHFUL, HARDBALL, THE GLASS HOUSE
Sandra Oh TV's - THE DIARY OF EVELYN LAU
Lindsay Duncan AFTER LIFE, MANSFIELD PARK
Raoul Bova AVENGING ANGLEO
Vicent Riotta A LITTLE WORM
Wri/Dir: Audrey Wells GUINEVERE
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PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 5 S-words, just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Female breasts shown in non-sexual scene.
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some social drinking.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Very Funny! Humor should appeal to all adults.
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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "This is a beautifully shot motion picture, and there's no doubt that the lush scenery upstages the actors. The real star of Under the Tuscan Sun isn't Diane Lane, but the Italian countryside, with its rich, varied hues, as filtered through the lenses of cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "Under the Tuscan Sun is an alluring example of yuppie porn, seducing audiences with a shapely little villa in Italy.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Good "Photogenic architecture and a little heat (solar and sexual) do their part to sustain a borderline-wobbly two hours, though even this old house ends up taking second place to the lovely Lane.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "Diane Lane's glowing performance is the best thing about this trite romantic drama, in which an unhappy divorcee finds her bliss in a crumbling Tuscan villa.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 160 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
9
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
22
Very High
95%
30+Adults (M)
36
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
90
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

The ladies LOVED IT and the guys aren't too far behind. Even teens enjoyed it. Only a very small percentage rated it as low as "Good," which translates to average which isn't too bad, and they were mostly males.

Under the Tuscan Sun is a movie I can easily recommend to everyone.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
If you enjoy romantic comedies, Under the Tuscan Sun is one you won't want to miss. It's a funny and sad, feel-good movie for adults. Sure, it looks like a "chick flick," but I believe it will allow appeal to most men who enjoy entertaining stories without violence or action.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The life of freshly divorced San Francisco writer Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) is about to take an unexpected but much needed upturn. Trying to shake Frances out of her lethargy and post-breakup funk, her friend Patti (Sandra Oh) offers Frances a gift that she hopes will do the trick: a ten day trip to Tuscany, in the heart of Italy. And right there, under the Tuscan sun, the unlikeliest thing happens: Frances impulsively buys a run-down villa named "Bramasole" - literally, "something that yearns for the sun" - and in so doing, plunges herself into a brand new life. As she embraces the local ways and devotes herself to the restoration of her new home, Frances finds herself forming close bonds with the people around her and slowly rediscovering the pleasures of laughter, friendship and romance. Even as she stumbles forward on her uncertain journey, one thing becomes clear: in life, there are second chances.
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