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4.0 out of 5 stars singing opera in the shower on stage is the scene stealer, November 9, 2012
This review is from: To Rome With Love (DVD)
There are moments of inspired lunacy which no one has ever done better than Woody Allen. In this film he seems to reprise Broadway Danny Rose by being a retired music business entrepreneur. While meeting his soon to be in laws in Rome, he discovers that the groom's father sings Paglliaci fantastically but he can only sing in the shower. So..... he puts him on stage in the shower in an opera production! This is as inspired an idea as his blind movie director in Hollywood Endings.

The rest of movie is uneven with some parts being much stronger than others.

While normally I might not like the Jesse Eisenberg as Woody stand-in with yet another super neurotic relationship with the non Jewish girlfriend of his dreams, this scenario is entirely saved by Alec Baldwin's being on the scene to advise him on all aspects of this unfolding relationship. Baldwin is wonderful. Eisenberg as Woody, well he follows in a long line of Woody stand ins and he is fine at it.

There are other ensemble moments which are done entirely in Italian because the characters are entirely Italian. The most successful of these is Roberto Begnini who gets his fifteen minutes of fame and goes nuts when it is over. This is well trod ground for this actor, complete with his typical dropping his pants moment. Frankly though, I would have enjoyed these more if these plot points also had Americans in them so everyone could be speaking English. Allen's last movie, set in Paris, would have been less successful if big chunks of it had been in the French spoken language. The Italian language segments just seem forced somehow.

Woody Allen's worst movie is probably a B. That's why this is at worst a B. It is way too uneven for me to be one of his A movies.

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Initial post: Dec 12, 2013 12:40:34 PM PST
Jane Eyre says:
I think the shower scenes are so hilarious (like many opera lovers I seem to relish the genre being spoofed) that they more than make up for any unevenness in the rest of the film.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2013 1:38:07 PM PST
carol irvin says:
i take my opera in limited doses but when this scene came on, it was worth the price of admission alone. what an imagination!!!!
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