To Rome with Love

To rome with love - Roman Holiday - ★★★

Roman Holiday – ★★★

Woody Allen returns to acting in his own film after a six year gap. Was it worth the wait? Eh, sort of. To Rome with Love sees a return to more madcap Allen after the linear, if odd, Midnight in Paris.

There are essentially four stories at work here with some small off-shoots. Hayley (Alison Pill) is an American tourist who falls in love with a local while holidaying in Rome. Her father Jerry (Woody Allen) is an ahead of his time/terrible classical producer and will stop at nothing to make Giancarlo (Fabio Armiliato as Hayley’s soon to be father in law) a star once he hears him singing in the shower. Then we have Leopoldo (Roberto Benigni) who suddenly becomes a superstar for no apparent reason. A story about newly weds Milly (Alessandra Mastronardi) and Antonio (Alessandro Tiberi) involving a female escort played by Penelope Cruz. The final story and possibly the most unconventional involves Jack (Jesse Eisenberg), John (Alec Baldwin) and Monica (Ellen Page) where Baldwin plays a moral compass for Eisenberg’s wandering eye.

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