Arudimentary concoction of soccer fever and tamely trashy tropes, "Really SSSupercool: Chapter Two" is the sequel to a 1983 hit centered on three fans of different teams, all played by burly popular thesp Diego Abatantuono. Pic has been scoring nicely with the home crowd since Jan. 20, but its disjointed storyline, insular soccer humor and dialect jokes disqualify it from foreign play.

A rudimentary concoction of soccer fever and tamely trashy tropes, “Really SSSupercool: Chapter Two” is the sequel to a 1983 hit centered on three fans of different teams, all played by burly popular thesp Diego Abatantuono. Directed by comedy veteran Carlo Vanzina, pic has been scoring nicely with the home crowd since Jan. 20, but its disjointed storyline, insular soccer humor and dialect jokes disqualify it from foreign play.

After 23 years, Donato, Tirzan, and Franco have put on weight, and the first two have even temporarily exited the soccer scene, one fleeing the law to Spain, the other knocked into a coma by a fellow truck driver. Soccer mania is restoked as Donato returns to Milan to discover he has a hooligan son rooting for a rival team; and a revived Tirzan bounces back when hit by a ball during a threesome with his busty wife (Sabrina Ferilli) and the truck driver. Franco can’t stop betting on his favorite team, and spiraling debt forces him to become a Mafia hitman. Largely lacking the original’s social observation and well-wrought wordplay, the sequel has few spirited moments. Tech credits are serviceable.

Really SSSupercool: Chapter Two

Italy

Production

An 01 Distribution release of an Alessandro Fracassi presentation of a Media One Entertainment production, in association with RAI Cinema. Executive producer, Alessandro Fracassi. Directed by Carlo Vanzina. Screenplay, Carlo Vanzina, Enrico Vanzina, Diego Abatantuono.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Claudio Zamarion; editor, Raimondo Crociani; music, Federico De Robertis; production designer, Rita Rabassini; costume designers, Patrizia Chericoni, Florence Emir. Reviewed at Cinema Reale, Rome, Jan. 27, 2006. Running time: 108 MIN.

With

Diego Abatantuono, Carlo Bucirosso, Ugo Conti, Mauro Di Francesco, Luigi Maria Burruano, Tony Sperandeo, Nino Frassica, Anna Maria Barbera, Sabrina Ferilli.
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