A comedy struggling to be funny, “Our Marriage Is on the Rocks” won’t add a feather to the cap of actor-director Antonio Albanese (“The Fresh Water Man,” “Hunger and Thirst”). Despite the input of big-gun co-scripters Vincenzo Cerami (“Life Is Beautiful”) and Michele Serra, pic’s glib protest against brides who run away from perfectly nice grooms on their wedding night falls as flat as its send-up of trendy New Age meditation farms. Albanese’s TV and stage fans won’t be enough to push the Filmauro production far up the Italian charts.
Best gag comes at the beginning when, right after his wedding, Antonio (balding, goofy-faced Albanese) discovers that wife Alice (the fresh Aisha Cerami, pic’s major asset) is going through an identity crisis. Next morning, the runaway bride is off to the Center of Stellar Self-Esteem run by a long-haired guru (Shel Shapiro, formerly a musician in Italy’s fabled ’60s band, the Rokes). Skeptical Antonio enrolls, too, urging Alice to return to a normal life filled with toasters, blenders and a home mortgage. Nicola Piovani’s playful score is a plus, but visual hooks to hang the comedy on are sorely missing.