Thursday, September 8, 2016

All Roads Lead to Rome 2015

     Maggie is trying to reconnect with her teenage daughter and they go on a trip together to Italy.  Maggie is a single mother and college writing teacher in New York.  Her daughter Summer is in the midst of teenage angst, she has a lousy boyfriend and she’s doesn’t see any reason to go to Italy.  Maggie wants Summer to see the beauty and experience the Tuscan village Maggie loved in her younger days.  Maggie reconnects with Luca and he is a former friend who lives with his daughter and his 80 year-old-mother Carmen.  Summer and Carmen leave together to set out on their own and they steal Luca’s car.  Carmen is planning to get married in Rome the next day and Summer wants to go back to New York.  Luca and Maggie set out after them.
     This may have looked good on paper but it’s not very good.  There really isn’t much going on but it’s all contrived to look like something important is happening.  There is just a lot of running back and forth.  The amazing countryside is the star of the film and the best feature.  Sarah’s hair and makeup plus her clothing don't do her any favors in this film?  2* (I didn’t like this movie)

90 min, Comedy directed by Ella Lemhagen with Sarah Jessica Parker, Rossie Day, Raoul Bova, Claudie Cardinale, Paz Vega, Nadir Caselli, Shel Shapiro, Marco Bonnini, Rocio Munoz, Gianclaudio Caretta.

Note:  Imdb 4.8 out of 10, 0% critic 12% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 2.7* out of 5* with 111 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Rome, Italy.  There is a mistake, the camera crew can be seen in the reflection of the Alfa Romeo Spider as it’s parked beside the road and out of gas.

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