There's hardly a laugh to be had in "Ole," the distressingly prolific Carlo Vanzina's latest Christmastime comedy that barely generates even the usual groans. Noteworthy only for the presence of Daryl Hannah as costar, pic uses a class trip as the excuse for a travelogue to Spain, winding up in Ibiza for that added touch of extra flesh. Usual tired jokes about Viagra and penis size, combined with plentiful shots of barely clad pumped-up boobs, have kept the juvenile set chuckling, though the pic came in a distant second on opening weekend.

There’s hardly a laugh to be had in “Ole,” the distressingly prolific Carlo Vanzina’s latest Christmastime comedy that barely generates even the usual groans. Noteworthy only for the presence of Daryl Hannah as costar, pic uses a class trip as the excuse for a travelogue to Spain, winding up in Ibiza for that added touch of extra flesh. Usual tired jokes about Viagra and penis size, combined with plentiful shots of barely clad pumped-up boobs, have kept the juvenile set chuckling, though the pic came in a distant second on opening weekend.

Boys’ school teachers Salvatore (Vincenzo Salemme) and Archimede (Massimo Boldi, jumping ship from his usual Christian De Sica pairing) lead their charges on an “educational” tour of Spain. Physical education instructor Maggie (Hannah) is shepherding her San Francisco girls’ school through the same places, allowing for mixups and romances between teachers and students. Hannah acts as if she’s in another picture: Considering she’s the only one speaking English (dubbed into Italian), perhaps she really isn’t aware of the lame erection gags. Salemme and Boldi aren’t good enough physical comedians to pull off their bargain-basement Abbott and Costello teamwork.

Ole

Italy

Production

A correction was made to this review on Jan. 4, 2007. A Medusa release of an Intl. Video 80, Medusa Film production, in collaboration with Sky. Production manager, Alessia Sinistro. Directed by Carlo Vanzina. Screenplay, Enrico and Carlo Vanzina.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Claudio Zamarion; editor, Raimondo Crociani; music, Andrea Guerra; production designer, Rita Rabassini; costume designer, Patrizia Chericoni, Florence Emir. Reviewed at Warner Bros. Cinema Moderno, Rome, Dec. 19, 2006. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Massimo Boldi, Vincenzo Salemme, Daryl Hannah, Enzo Salvi, Natalia Estrada, Francesca Lodo, Armando De Razza, Federico Zanandrea, Niccolo Contrino, Brigitta Boccoli, Fabrizia Martano, Ashley Burryt.
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