The Last Kiss (2001)

GABRIELE MUCCINO

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

Original title:  L’Ultimo Bacio

Italy, 2001.  Fandango, Medusa Film.  Story and Screenplay by Gabriele Muccino.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

Four best friends experience all the best that romance has to offer: one is getting married, the other is married with a newborn baby, the third is a hopeless playboy, and the fourth (), the main protagonist of the film, has just found out that his girlfriend is pregnant. Frightened by the huge commitment that this puts upon him, his lustful Italian eye begins to wander and he starts up an affair with a silly high school girl thinking that his girlfriend will never find out. Of course, as always, she does. This ridiculous comedy features brilliant editing and technical direction, but the main theme, that men aren’t capable of commitment so why bother asking them to be responsible for their actions, is a lot to swallow.  The saving grace of the entire picture is a storyline involving as Accorsi’s mother-in-law, whose marriage is in crumbles and she just can’t seem to find her way out of it. Her acting and exceptional presence are what the movie has going for it the most.

European Film Award Nomination:  Best European Actress (Stefania Sandrelli)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2001

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