A diverting if lightweight treatment of a serious topic from helmer Giambattista Avellino and co-writer Fabio Bonifacci.

“Some Say No” casts the pervasive problem of Italian workplace nepotism in comic revenge-fantasy terms a la “9 to 5.” A diverting if lightweight treatment of a serious topic from helmer Giambattista Avellino and co-writer Fabio Bonifacci, the pic sounds one surprising, rueful note late in the proceedings but generally gives its themes caper-comedy treatment, underlined by attractive thesps, slick packaging and too much English-language pop on the soundtrack. Released on home turf this spring, this bit of fluff escapism could lure select smallscreen and possible remake sales offshore.

Journalist Max (Luca Argentero), academic Samuele (Paolo Ruffini) and physician Irma (Paola Cortellesi) have toiled for years with scant pay and acknowledgment. But when the permanent jobs they’ve earned are handed out, they go instead to a famous columnist’s airhead daughter, a department chair’s loutish son-in-law and a surgeon’s immigrant bride, respectively. Protags decide to fight back by launching covert offensives against their targets, proclaiming themselves anonymous “Merit Pirates” fighting such corruption, a cause that spreads fast among other disgruntled youth.

Some Say No

Italy

Production

A Universal Pictures Intl. and Cattleya presentation of a Cattleya production in association with Universal Pictures Intl. and Banca Popolare di Vicenza. (International sales: Cattleya, Rome.) Produced by Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz. Executive producers, Matteo De Laurentiis, Luigi Patri. Directed by Giambattista Avellino. Screenplay, Fabio Bonifacci, Avellino, from a story by Bonifacci.

Crew

Camera (color), Roberto Forza; editor, Claudio Di Mauro; music, Pivio, Aldo De Scalzi; production designer, Marco Belluzzi; costume designer, Nicoletta Taranta. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, Nov. 26, 2011. (In New Italian Cinema Events.) Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Luca Argentero, Paola Cortellesi, Paolo Ruffini, Myriam Catania, Claudio Bigagli, Marco Bocci, Roberto Citran, Massimo De Lorenzo, Chiara Francini, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Harriet MacMasters-Green, Max Mazzotta, Giorgio Albertazzi.
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