I, indugler of romcoms, have a very low standard for a shitty-good flick but this – this requires so much alcohol. A few months ago the internet caught a whiff of the film, Little Italy – a romcom starring Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen.
Roberts has countless titles to her name like Scream Queens, American Horror Story, and teen flick Wild Child. And Christensen – well, he’ll always and forever be Anakin Skywalker. I mention these titles because this is such an odd pairing.
Christensen plays family man Leo Campo, a dude who falls in love with Nikki Angioli (Roberts). Nikki left the family business to pursue her dreams as a chef in London but finds herself back in Little Italy because her visa’s screwed. Everything between the two is (forcibly) romantic until their families find out because the big conflict here is that they own competing pizza restaurants.
Of course they do.
This is not a hallmark movie nor a Netflix original with unfamiliar actors, this is a romcom straight out of 2005 when Matthew McConaughey was still doing romcoms.
The film’s directed by Donald Petrie – man behind Miss Congeniality and How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. Petrie is also the director of Mystic Pizza (1988) starring Julia Roberts. 30 years later, Petrie helms a film starring Roberts’ niece… and more pizza. This cannot be a coincidence.
Alyssa Milano from Charmed and Andrea Martin from My Big Fat Greek Wedding co-star so again, straight out of 2005.
Also, the trailer is pretty much the entire movie and it’s very painful. Where Set It Up is a beautiful and genuinely likeable sweet romcom, Little Italy looks so bad you simply cannot look away.
ENJOY and pat yourselves on the back if you make it through the whole trailer:
- You’ll be off your face drunk by the end of it.
Little Italy will be hitting US theatres August 24… I wouldn’t dare recommend other illegal ways to watch the movie.