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To Rome With Love
PG, 112 minutes
Greta Gerwig; Woody Allen; Alec Baldwin; Judy Davis; Ellen Page; Jesse Eisenberg; Penelope Cruz
Everything inTo Rome with Love, from the city traffic cop who opens the festivities with a “This-a city! It has-a the-million stories!”-style monologue, to the misunderstanding-among-young-marrieds plot thread (just one strand among many), points in the direction of breezy, stress-free pleasure. Not all of these plot threads are created equal, and To Rome with Love drifts in and out of line as Allen tries to wrangle them all into submission. It’s dappled with joy here and there, as when supersexy Italian actress Ornella Muti shows up in a cameo, as a fictional movie star named Pia Fusari. It must have tickled Allen to put Muti, a figure straight out of ’70s art-house New York, in one of his movies. We’re used to Woody Allen’s bitter laughter. What a pleasure it is to hear him giggle.