“Good As You” is marketed as Italy’s first gay comedy, but it’ll take something less flamingly stereotypical than this retro romp before the country can say, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” Mariano Lamberti’s sophomore feature, adapted from a homonymous play (the title forms the acronym “GAY”), is like an overwritten sitcom that happens to function as a guide to Rome’s few pink locales. Embracing every queer cliche — the screaming queen, the obsessive serial monogamist, the predatory dyke, etc. — hardly throws the gauntlet down for equality, though omnivorous gay fests may come calling.On New Year’s Eve, shy, HIV-positive Claudio (Enrico Silvestrin) is set up on a blind date with immaculate Adelchi (Lorenzo Balducci). But this is no tete-a-tete: The party includes Claudio’s hard-edged lesbian sis, Francesca (Lucia Mascino); Adelchi’s confused straight sis, Silvia (Daniela Virgilio); his outrageously camp friend, Marco (Diego Longobardi); and other hangers-on. That evening, and in the months (clumsily signaled) to follow, they all fight, sleep together, sleep with others, and ultimately form a family, yet the tired tropes become wearisome. Lensing is unremarkable, while a midsummer night’s costume party is plain embarrassing.
An Iris Film release of a Master Five Cinematografica production. Produced by Davide Tovi, Diego Longobardi. Co-producer, Carlo Piergiovanni. Directed by Mariano Lamberti. Screenplay, Lamberti, Riccardo Pechini, in collaboration with Riccardo Degni, Diego Longobardi, liberally adapted from the play by Roberto Biondi.
Camera (color), Daniele Poli; editor, Linda Taylor; music, Michele Braga; production designer, Massimiliano Nocente; costume designer, Alessandro Lai. Reviewed at Casa del Cinema, Rome, April 3, 2012. Running time: 91 MIN.
Enrico Silvestrin, Lorenzo Balducci, Daniela Virgilio, Lucia Mascino, Elisa di Eusanio, Diego Longobardi, Micol Azzurro, Lucia Mascino, Luca Dorigo, Armando da Razza, Demetra Hampton, Edelweiss.