Nicki (Raoul Bova) and Alex (Michela Quattrociocche) are taking their love to the next level. Three years after their whirlwind romance, both have progressed in life. Nicki has gone on to college and her cadre of close friends have seen great changes too. They’ve got college, careers and possibly a pregnancy on the way.
While Alex has his own agency and his friend’s relationships have definitely changed too. The womanizer’s wife has found out about his ways, the un-passionate couple has realized their problem, and the husband who thought his wife is cheating on him; finally left for another man. There’s also a hilarious introduction of Alex’s well-to-do family and a visit to their country estate to Nicki and her family.
Nicki and Alex have found a new home and moved in together. Alex finally has no doubts about where his heart is and asks Nicki to marry him on a romantic break in Paris. At first thrilled by the idea, it’s Nicki who feels uncertain about their relationship.
The film has some nice touches reflecting the first movie. The age issue becomes moot when it’s not some old guy taking advantage of a schoolgirl. The two movies are best watched as a pair, the 2008 predecessor Scusa ma ti chiamo amore (Sorry, if I love you). Watching the two consecutively actually makes the story stronger.
The characters and situations are more developed. Nicki’s character has seen the most growth and is now clearly a woman with her own ideas. It’s also enjoyable to watch Alex’s friends struggle with their person lives. Unlike the male characters in 2001′s these are guys you can care about, flaws and all.
Like its predecessor, this film succeeds because of its characters. They’ve become familiar friends and like friends, they make you laugh and care. You want the best for them, even when they make dumb mistakes.
The sequel was a moderate success in Europe but only did half the box office of the first movie. It’s odd since this movie is a better one than the first. I hope it’s not because Nicki isn’t 17 anymore.
Pranzo Di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) 2008 Italy
[rating=7]7/10 Italian Comedy Mini Film Festival - film 1 of 8 Ferrogosto is an August 15 Italian holiday, celebrated ...