Italy's B.O. champ Leonardo Pieraccioni takes aim at the holiday market again with "I Love You in Every Language in the World," a limp sentimental comedy that takes its time to do ... nothing. Usual scenario of an average Joe who's catnip to statuesque beauties even gets to play with underage crushes, but the jokes are mild, albeit inoffensive, and the slapstick especially weak.

Italy’s B.O. champ Leonardo Pieraccioni takes aim at the holiday market again with “I Love You in Every Language in the World,” a limp sentimental comedy that takes its time to do … nothing. Usual scenario of an average Joe who’s catnip to statuesque beauties even gets to play with underage crushes, but the jokes are mild, albeit inoffensive, and the slapstick especially weak. Strictly local fare, pic’s opening weekend brought in more than $2 million, ahead of “King Kong” but $1 million shy of rival holiday farce “Christmas in Miami.”

Genial physical education teacher Gilberto (Pieraccioni) meets animal psychologist Margherita (Marjo Berasategui) when both are fleeing a masked swingers party that plays like a weak parody of “Eyes Wide Shut.” The attraction is instant, but Gilberto doesn’t realize Margherita is the mother of his student Paolina (Giulia Elettra Gorietti), a pushy 16-year-old who wants to bag her prof. Gilberto’s stuttering brother Cateno (Giorgio Panariello) provides a running commentary to the locals at the Laundromat, though auds won’t need a scorecard to follow the simplistic plot. There are no standouts in the lensing department; diabetics should beware of Gianluca Sibaldi’s sugary score.

I Love You In Every Language in the World

Italy

Production

A Medusa release (in Italy) of a Levante, Medusa presentation of a Levante Srl production, in collaboration with Medusa Film, Sky. Executive producer, Alessandro Calosci. Directed by Leonardo Pieraccioni. Screenplay, Pieraccioni, Giovanni Veronesi.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Italo Petriccione; editor, Stefano Chierchie; music, Gianluca Sibaldi; production designer, Francesco Frigeri; costume designer, Claudio Cordaro. Reviewed at Warner Brothers Cinema Moderno, Rome, Dec. 19, 2005. . Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Leonardo Pieraccioni, Giorgio Panariello, Marjo Berasategui, Rocco Papaleo, Massimo Ceccherini, Giulia Elettra Gorietti, Francesco Guccini, Barbara Enrichi, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Pietro Ghislandi, Fabrizio Pizzuto, Yoon C. Joyce, Barbara Tabita, Luis Molteni.
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