Review: ‘Any Reason Not To Marry?’

A zippy Italo retread of antiquated romantic-comedy terrain, "Any Reason Not to Marry?" semi-refreshes its familiar, sitcomish content via stylish execution.

A zippy Italo retread of antiquated romantic-comedy terrain — the bride overeager to tie down an increasingly reluctant groom-to-be — “Any Reason Not to Marry?” semi-refreshes its familiar, sitcomish content via stylish execution. Attractive leads, lively pace and bright packaging could attract offshore DVD, tube or even remake sales.

Gorgeous Trieste couple Leo (Fabio Troiano) and Nina (Violante Placido) are 30-year-old professionals cohabiting in perfect harmony until a blackout sparks his impulsive marriage proposal. Gradually, that development begins to undo them: Despite her initial insistence on an “unconventional,” casually small-scale wedding, she soon yearns for something elaborate, expensive and princessy. Meanwhile, he suffers the terrors of premarital doubt, exacerbated by pushy parents, crazy relatives, dysfunctional married contemporaries, cynical bachelor pals and a curvy co-worker’s overtures. First-time feature writer-director Massimo Capelli’s pic has energy to spare, even if it finally seems short on original ideas. His script is amusing enough on a scene-by-scene basis, however, sporting numerous colorful support characters. Perfs and design/tech contributions are expert.

Any Reason Not To Marry?

Italy

Production

An Amedeo Bacigalupo presentation of a Nuvola Film production, in association with Fourlab, Reef Comunicazione, L'Associazione Fiuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission. Produced by Bacigalupo. Directed by Massimo Cappelli. Screenplay, Cappelli, Chiara Laudani.

Crew

Camera (color), Raoul Torresi; editor, Fabio Nunziata; music, Giuliano Taviani; production designer, Marco Tripaldi. Reviewed at New Italian Cinema Events, San Francisco, Nov. 17, 2007. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Fabio Troiano, Violante Placido, Carla Signoris, Shel Shapiro, Marco Giuliani, Massimiliano Bruno, Giuseppe Antignati, Patrizia Loreti, Giorgio Colangeli, Luce Caponegro, Enrico Salimbeni, Claudia Zanella.
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