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Christmas in Love

Standard laughs milked from predictable sources mar "Christmas in Love," neither the best nor worst of Christian De Sica's long-standing holiday comedies. Dearth of local product assures strong B.O., though English-language title won't help seduce offshore buyers.

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With: Christian De Sica, Massimo Boldi, Danny De Vito, Anna Maria Barbera, Sabrina Ferilli, Ronn Moss, Alena Seredova, Cristiana Capotondi, Tosca D'Aquino, Cesare Bocci.

Standard laughs milked from predictable sources mar “Christmas in Love,” neither the best nor worst of Christian De Sica’s long-standing holiday comedies. An ensemble piece coasting on abundant cleavage and jokes about such hilarities as a bum testicle, the only novelty is the presence of Americans Danny De Vito and soap stud Ronn Moss. At least Moss, playing himself, has a reason for being here. Dearth of local product assures strong B.O., though English-language title won’t help seduce offshore buyers.

A motley group of mismatched couples descends on a Swiss ski resort, but storylines scarcely ever mingle. Breast specialist Fabrizio (De Sica) and his hated ex Lisa (Sabrina Ferilli) arrive with their new partners and go ballistic when they meet. Over-the-hill race car driver Guido (Massimo Boldi) brings along daughter Monica (Cristiana Capotondi), who’s passing Brad (De Vito, manic) off as her b.f. to make Dad realize how ridiculous he looks with his own nubile squeeze Sofia (Alena Seredova). Third storyline belongs to malaprop queen Concetta (Anna Maria Barbera), who wins a weekend with her fantasy man, Moss. No surprises here, plus post-production dubbing remains clumsy throughout.

Christmas in Love

Italy

Production: A Luigi and Aurelio De Laurentiis presentation of a Filmauro release (in Italy) of a Filmauro production. Produced by Aurelio De Laurentiis. Executive producer, Maurizio Amati. Directed by Neri Parenti. Screenplay, Parenti, Fausto Brizzi, Marco Martani.

Crew: Camera (Technicolor), Gianlorenzo Battaglia; editor, Luca Montanari; production designer, Stilde Ambruzzi; costume designer, Valentina Di Palma. Reviewed at the Cinema Adriano, Rome, Dec. 19, 2004. Running time: 116 MIN.

With: With: Christian De Sica, Massimo Boldi, Danny De Vito, Anna Maria Barbera, Sabrina Ferilli, Ronn Moss, Alena Seredova, Cristiana Capotondi, Tosca D'Aquino, Cesare Bocci.

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