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While Rome is a city abundant with romance and comedy, it brings us into contact with a well-known American architect reliving his youth; an average middle-class Roman who suddenly finds himself Rome's biggest celebrity; a young provincial couple drawn into separate romantic encounters; and an American opera director endeavoring to put a singing mortician on stage.
Comedy - The new comedy from Woody Allen is an ensemble film telling a number
of different storylines, so all of the actors known (such as Allen,
Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, and Roberto Benigni) and
unknown have about equal screen time. Set in Rome, there are also a
couple of storylines told entirely in the Italian language with
subtitles. Suggestive humor and language make the film inappropriate
for young children, who wouldn't be interested anyhow.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average The story is as light as sorbetto, but the ancient city of Rome is such an enchantingly luminous place that it's hard not fall under the movie's spell and indulge in some picturesque escapism.
NY PostFull Review Average Still, the comedy is passable,and the ways the stories play off each other provides enough to think about to be engaging.
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Well-known architect John (Alec Baldwin) is vacationing in Rome, where he once
lived in his youth. Walking in his former neighborhood he encounters Jack (Jesse
Eisenberg), a young man not unlike himself. As he watches Jack fall
head-over-heels for Monica (Ellen Page), his girlfriend Sally's (Greta Gerwig)
dazzling and flirtatious friend, John relives one of the most romantically
painful episodes of his own life.
At the same moment, retired opera director Jerry (Woody Allen) flies to Rome
with his wife Phyllis (Judy Davis), to meet their daughter Hayley's (Alison
Pill) Italian fiancée, Michelangelo (Flavio Parenti). Jerry is amazed to hear
Michelangelo's undertaker father, Giancarlo (renowned tenor Fabio Armiliato)
singing arias worthy of La Scala while lathering up in the shower. Convinced
that talent that prodigious cannot be kept hidden, Jerry clutches at the
opportunity to promote Giancarlo and rejuvenate his own career.
Leopoldo Pisanello (Roberto Benigni) on the other hand is an exceptionally
boring guy, who wakes up one morning and finds himself one of the most famous
men in Italy with many unanswered questions. Soon the paparazzi trail his every
move and question his every motivation. As Leopoldo grows accustomed to the
varied seductions of the limelight, he gradually realizes the cost of fame.
Meanwhile, Antonio (Alessandro Tiberi) has arrived from the provinces in Rome
hoping to impress his straight-laced relatives with his lovely new wife Milly
(Alessandra Mastronardi) so that he can get an upscale big city job. Through
comic misunderstanding and chance, the couple
is separated for the day. Antonio ends up passing off a stranger (Penélope Cruz)
as his wife, while Milly is romanced by legendary movie star Luca Salta (Antonio