With a movie featuring so many affluent, good-looking Italians, it's hard to understand why everyone's so dejected. Fabrizio Bentivoglio is unhappy in his marriage and is considering leaving his family for an old flame, Monica Bellucci. His wife (Laura Morante), is even less happy, and she takes it out on her teenage kids, a wannabe go-go dancer (Nicoletta Romanoff) and lovelorn son (Silvio Muccino).
Maybe that's why it's difficult to sympathize with them. Romanoff comes off as vapid, and if mopey Muccino puts on that hangdog face one more time, someone's bound to slug him. There just doesn't seem the need for this much needy self-absorption. Maybe that's what writer-director Gabriele Muccino is trying to tell us: These people may look pretty on the outside, but they're rotting on the inside. Anyway, forget it.
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