To Rome With Love

Rated R 111 minutes 2012

Woody Allen’s sojourn in Europe (Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris) gets stuck in a warmed-over pot of marinara sauce with this frustratingly written, haphazardly episodic comic pastiche about an unrelated group of characters experiencing Allen’s idea of the Eternal City. Best of the vignettes is Roberto Benigni’s, as an ordinary man suddenly and inexplicably elevated to celebrity status. But the “central” plot revolving around visiting Americans Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig, and Alec Baldwin – as a one-man Greek chorus – is probably the one we wanted to see carried across the finish line. It doesn’t make it, though, and neither does the silly business with Penelope Cruz as the lusty, busty callgirl bedeviling Alessandro Tiberi and his new bride Alessandra Mastronardi. The bit about the Allen character, a nervous music producer, trying to promote an Italian mortician who can only sing in the shower (Fabio Armiliato), would never have made the cut in Allen’s prime period in the 1970s. Also with Judy Davis and Alison Pill. (112 min.)

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Director: Woody Allen

Producer: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Gianpaolo Letta and Faruk Alatan

Cast: Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, Antonio Albanese, Fabio Armiliato, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ornella Muti, Flavio Parenti, Alison Pill, Riccardo Scamarcio and Alessandro Tiberi

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