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.