Review: ‘Perfect Man’

A run-of-the mill romantic comedy centered on a love-crazed girl who hires an actor to disrupt her best friend's wedding plans, "Perfect Man" is a formulaic four-hander that's a remake of Spanish 1998 sleeper hit "Cha Cha Cha." Pic has clicked with Italo twentysomethings, proving a safe bet for Warner Bros.' local production unit since April 29 release. But offshore prospects look slim.

A run-of-the mill romantic comedy centered on a love-crazed girl who hires an actor to disrupt her best friend’s wedding plans, “Perfect Man” is a formulaic four-hander that’s a remake of Spanish 1998 sleeper hit “Cha Cha Cha.” Pic has clicked with Italo twentysomethings, proving a safe bet for Warner Bros.’ local production unit since April 29 release. But offshore prospects look slim.

Mousy Lucia (Francesca Inaudi), who works at a Milan ad agency, hires jobless thesp Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) and tries to mold him, Pygmalion-style, into an ideal man for her friend, Maria (Gabriella Pession). That way, Lucia can snag Maria’s hubby-to-be, Paolo (Giampaolo Morelli), for whom she’s long carried a torch. Though it’s weighed down by overwrought dialogue and cardboard characters, pic is buoyed by some well-calibrated perfs. Bubbly Pession, U.S. born and bred, makes upper-crust Maria an engaging, unwitting rival to Lucia; Scamarcio, who became a minor teen heartthrob playing a thug in helmer Luca Lucini’s debut, “Three Steps Over Heaven,” strikes the right balance between gigolo and scruff. Tech aspects are smooth.

Perfect Man

Italy

Production

A Warner Bros. Pictures Italia release of a Cattleya, Perfect Man Films production, in association with Warner Bros. Pictures. Produced by Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz. Executive producer, Luigi Patrizi. Directed by Luca Lucini. Screenplay, Lucia Moisio, Marco Ponti, based on the 1998 Spanish film "Cha Cha Cha," screenplay by Carlos Asorey, Antonio del Real.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Manfredo Archinto; editor, Fabrizio Rossetti; music, David Rhodes; production designer, Marco Belluzzi; costume designer, Sabina Amelia Maglia. Reviewed at Casa Del Cinema, Rome, April 27, 2005. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Francesca Inaudi, Gabriella Pession, Riccardo Scamarcio, Giampaolo Morelli.
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