To Rome With Love

Tuesday, September 27 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

To Rome With Love

JOY REVIEW

To Rome with Love is written and directed by Woody Allen and also stars Woody Allen. I really enjoyed Midnight in Paris. This is called, as I said, To Rome with Love, and I didn’t enjoy it. It’s a bunch of different stories that are loosely tied together with Alec Baldwin playing somebody who I guess is revisiting his youth. Jesse Eisenberg, I suppose plays, the younger version of himself who’s involved with a woman, Greta Gerwig, who seems to be everywhere these days, who invites her best friend, Monica, who is played by Ellen Page, to come and visit them, and Jesse falls desperately in love with her. Alec is kind of the voice of wisdom saying don’t do this. We also have a young couple who are played by two unknowns to me, Italian actors, who come to Rome on their honeymoon, and she goes to get her hair done and gets lost, and Penelope Cruz plays a hooker who goes to the wrong room and then has to pose as the young naive guy’s wife and has sex with him. And the wife in the meantime gets involved with a movie star. I mean all of it seems pushed. Woody Allen plays the neurotic parent of Allison Pill who’s fallen in love with an Italian boy, and it turns out the Italian boy’s father sings in the shower and has a great voice, and Woody Allen plays a music impresario who’s retired and hating retirement, and Judy Davis plays his wife who just seems irritated to be in the whole movie. Basically, I’m with her, two stars.

Joy Meter