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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.
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.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
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.''
Review Good "Under the Tuscan Sun is an alluring example of yuppie
porn, seducing audiences with a shapely little villa in Italy.''
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 OnlineFull
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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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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.