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Who Says It’s Easy?

An amiable but uninventive romantic comedy about a square whose life turns heart-shaped, Juan Taratuto's "Who Says It's Easy?" -- like the helmer's debut "It's Not You, It's Me," -- is basically a vehicle for the talents of hangdog thesp Diego Peretti.

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With: Diego Peretti, Carolina Peleritti, Daniel Rabinovich, Andres Pazos, Lidia Catalano.

An amiable but uninventive romantic comedy about a square whose life turns heart-shaped, Juan Taratuto’s “Who Says It’s Easy?” — like the helmer’s debut “It’s Not You, It’s Me,” — is basically a vehicle for the talents of hangdog thesp Diego Peretti. Main character’s spiritual journey could have shed 10 minutes, but is made worthwhile by an emotionally rewarding final reel and the always-watchable Peretti. Film was a hit in Argentina on February release, and could find play beyond Hispanic territories.

Nerdy car-wash manager Aldo (Peretti) lives an obsessively ordered existence until statuesque photographer Andrea (Carolina Peleritti) arrives to rent the neighboring apartment. With his shirt off, Aldo is a bit of a hunk, and the sexually uninhibited Andrea throws herself at him, only for Aldo to prematurely ejaculate — a problem he spends the rest of pic trying to solve with varying comic results.

Under the onslaught of new emotions, Aldo retreats back into his shell. When Andrea reveals she’s pregnant — though she doesn’t known by whom — only Aldo is surprised by the news.

Pic features much stock comedy, and several conversations drag on without taking the viewer anywhere new. But when the script plays up the drama, there’s much of value: The delicately handled final reel is genuinely moving, with a single discreetly used flashback conveying much.

Peretti’s endlessly mobile features bring his character to life, though he could have reined back on the inane, self-conscious mutterings. As Andrea, Peleritti moves too directly from sweet-faced new-ager to foul-mouthed screamer in later scenes. Some of the better turns come from minor characters — Daniel Rabinovich as Aldo’s lawyer, Andres Pazos as his ailing pa, and Lidia Catalano carrying off the potentially crude role of his housekeeper with dignity.

Score by Lucio Godoy is unoriginal, but the pic features the beautiful song “Menos mal” by Andrea Echeverri as compensation.

Who Says It's Easy?

Spain - Argentina

Production: An On Pictures release (in Spain) of an MPC (Spain)/Rizoma Films (Argentina) production, in association with Zarlek Producciones, Filmsuez, Primer Plano Film Group, Huinca Cine, Estudios Picasso, Fabrica de Ficcion, with participation of Tele 5. (International sales: MPC, Madrid.) Produced by Hernan Musaluppi, Natacha Cervi, Luis Sartor, Juan Riva De Aldama. Executive producer, Maria Jose Diez. Directed by Juan Taratuto. Screenplay, Pablo Solarz.

Crew: Camera (color), Marcelo Iaccarino; editor, Jose Antonio Gomez; music, Lucio Godoy; art director, Marina Di Paola; sound (Dolby Digital), Ismael Calvo Delgado. Reviewed at Argencine Film Festival, Madrid, May 4, 2007. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: With: Diego Peretti, Carolina Peleritti, Daniel Rabinovich, Andres Pazos, Lidia Catalano.

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