Little Italy: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

In the small city of Little Italy, Toronta Canada, two close families run a pizza restaurant. However, after winning a coveted title for the best pizza and in town, the two chefs decided to split up and  tuned into rival restaurants without expressing the reason behind their drama. This not the case with their son and daughter, Leo (Hayden Christensen) and Nikki (Emma Roberts) who try not to follow the footsteps of their dad and still grew closer to each other. The only problem is that they can't truly express their feelings towards each other. Will the rivalry of their dads be a hindrance to stop their blossoming romance or will their egos finally clash and stop this from happening?

Little Italy relies heavily with the charming casts that know to work on an overused material. In fact, the plot is too predictable and cliched but there is no way to deny that it is a welcome addition to a long list of romantic comedy films that will surely entertain the audience. It has a light atmosphere and effortlessly delivers the laughs needed to keep the entertainment meter full at all times. We also loved the inclusion of mouthwatering pizzas in the menu that will crave you to buy after watching the film.

Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen are surprisingly a delightful pair that can carry the momentum throughout. They are both effortless in providing the needed charm and obviously can run the show even with a clunky script. Another great topping to this film is the richness of its supporting characters. All of them had the chance to shine especially with the oldies Danny Aiello and Andrea Martin running the funny surreptitious relationship. You also got the back and forth battle between Adam Ferrara and Gary Basaraba plus Andrew Phung's additional comical relief.

Overall, Little Italy is like your mother's special dish that how many times you've tasted at the dinner table it still satisfyingly delicious at all cost. It had a lot of moments that bring some cheerful laughs and animated reactions from the audiences. Setting all the predictability and worn-out scenes at the side, Little Italy is all blasts in providing an efficient and engaging romantic comedy film reinforced by ravishing stars.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Emma Roberts, Hayden Christensen, Adam Ferrara

Directed by: Donald Petrie 
Distributed by: Go Asia Entertainment
Opens October 3 in PH cinemas