Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1994. TriStar Pictures, Fried/Woods Films, Yorktown Productions. Screenplay by Diane Drake. Cinematography by Sven Nykvist. Produced by Robert N. Fried, Norman Jewison, Charles Mulvehill, Cary Woods. Music by Rachel Portman. Production Design by Luciana Arrighi. Costume Design by Milena Canonero. Film Editing by Stephen E. Rivkin.
Marisa Tomei plays a schoolteacher who decides just days before her wedding that she has to go to Italy in search of her true love, fulfilling a destiny that was predicted to her by a carnival fortune teller when she was a little girl. What she finds instead is Robert Downey Jr., and she’s not about to settle for this suave con-man before finding the man she was meant to be with. Beautifully shot on European locations, the film benefits from Tomei’s bubbly charm and Downey’s easy presence, while Bonnie Hunt steals scenes as Tomei’s best friend. Excellent photography and art direction by Luciana Arrighi are a plus, but as has been director Norman Jewison’s habit of late, his editing is lazy and his pacing uneven.