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Little Italy (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: Little Italy
Year: 2018
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: Donald Petrie
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Emma Roberts, Danny Aiello
About: A young couple must navigate a blossoming romance, amidst a war between their families' competing pizza restaurants.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8lDreq9le4

My Review:
Wanting to watch a rom-com and having this on my Watch List on Netflix I couldn't resist but give this film a chance and see what I thought. Having liked Emma Roberts in everything I had seen her in previously as well I was excited to see if this was another film of hers in which I would enjoy. This film surprised me however I ended up enjoying this more than I expected.

I liked that this film had a Romeo and Juliet vibe with the families not liking each other however the children both being in love with each other and feeling that their families were the reason in which they couldn't be together. I also thought it was clever having the grandparents also feeling like they needed to hide their love due to their children's feud which was sweet and rather funny especially when you are seeing them in Starbucks and the love for coffee that they both develop as well as trying to stay hidden so that people don't speak about them. This did make me like those characters more and hope that even though they were older that they would be able to be together. I thought by having the children as friends and who both don't want to be a be involved in the fight between their families and both being in love with each other however scared to tell each other and therefore losing each other various times was both sad and relateable for the viewer who can understand loving someone who they aren't supposed to and trying to keep it from ruining a friendship in which they already have with each other. Not only this but even though it is very cliche and overdone I loved the airport scene where he declares his love for her and begs her not to leave which I thought was really sweet and keeps the love alive and keeps the audience routing for their love. Finally, having this film about pizza was something in which I loved as a pizza lover I couldn't stop wanting to try the food in which they were making as well as keeping me interested in what was going to happen to the rival restaurants. The connection between the actors I thought was brilliant as well and made it a brilliant film to watch.

However, I did think that this has been done loads of times in the past and didn't seem to really have any originality in it which did upset me. I also thought that the jokes in which they were trying to do through this film had been overdone and therefore didn't end up with the same effect that they could have if they added more of it's own flare to the movie.

Overall, I loved this film and thought that although it wasn't original it was a fun watch in which you are hoping for the couples to get together which I liked. I would recommend this film to those who are fans of romantic comedies and something in which is very easy watching. I would definitely see this movie again.

My Rating: 4/5 

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