Review: ‘Too Beautiful’

Paparazzi darlings Costantino and Daniele, single-moniker hunks held up as masculine ideals, make their feature debuts in "Too Beautiful," an irony-free piece of fluff with all the depth of a "Teen Beat" spread. Sophomore helmer Ugo Fabrizio Giordani throws in enough beefcake shots to attract schoolgirls, but no one else will buy tickets.

Paparazzi darlings Costantino and Daniele, single-moniker hunks held up as masculine ideals, make their feature debuts in “Too Beautiful,” an irony-free piece of fluff with all the depth of a “Teen Beat” spread. Lacking even a hint of self-parody — title refers to their supposedly flawless features — the guys play themselves as handsome, genial types looking to break into the movies and ward off hordes of lusting women. Sophomore helmer Ugo Fabrizio Giordani throws in enough beefcake shots to attract schoolgirls, but no one else will buy tickets.

Mammas’ boys Costantino (Costantino Vitagliano) and Daniele (Daniele Interrante) become suckers in a scam talent agency’s promise to make them stars, and accept odd jobs to pay for acting lessons given by mousy Michela (Jennifer Poli). Script has an earnest blandness that reigns supreme, with none of the ironic wit that, for example, writer Frank Tashlin once employed for Jayne Mansfield. Costantino, always seen to best advantage when wearing as few clothes as possible, is at least natural on-screen; Daniele maintains a runway model’s stiffness and only relaxes in the outtakes during the final crawl.

Too Beautiful

Italy

Production

A Medusa Film release of a Medusa Film, Rodeo Drive production. Produced by Marco Poccioni, Marco Valsania. Directed by Ugo Fabrizio Giordani. Screenplay, Stefano Sudrie, based on an idea by Maurizio Costanzo.

Crew

Camera (color), Marcello Montarsi; editor, Paolo Benassi; music, Adriano Pennino, Gigi D'Alessio; production designer, Mariangela Capuano; costume designer, Angela Capuano. Reviewed at Ideal Cityplex, Turin, April 25, 2005. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Costantino Vitagliano, Daniele Interrante, Alessandra Pierelli, Jennifer Poli, Ernesto Mahieux, Massimo Molea, Kiara Tomaselli, Fanny Cadeo, Fausto Sciarappa, Anna Melato, Daniela Danesi, Maurizio Amigoni, Fabio Ferrari, Stefano Antonucci.
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