Rated R 108 minutes 2005

Heath Ledger stars as the 18th-century woman-slayer, portrayed here as a good-natured hottie who can't help but avail himself of the pleasures of the female flesh. Sienna Miller plays Francesca Bruni, a bookish firecracker who strains against the limitations imposed on her gender. Of course, once Casanova sets his sights on the single woman who would not have him, he's smitten, politics be damned. What makes the film fun is a series of enjoyably convoluted twists that introduce hilarious characters. Jeremy Irons is delicious as a priggish and bumbling bishop swathed in "papal purple," wearing a wig that marries the mullet to a row of hedges. Oliver Platt is even better as Bruni's fiance Papprizzio, a lard merchant from Genoa who arrives in Venice on a barge of fat. Pratt plays Papprizzio as huge, adorable, and sympathetic, desperate to be liked by Bruni. The film itself is familiar but funny. For a period farce, you could do worse.

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Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Writer: Michael Cristofer and Kimberly Simi

Producer: Mark Gordon, Betsy Beers and Leslie Holleran

Cast: Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Lena Olin, Oliver Platt, Lauren Cohan, Charlie Cox, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Greif and Tommy Korberg



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