Monday, May 31, 2010

Rom-Com in Italy

Letters to Juliet is entirely predictable, but also entirely beguiling.  Sophie, a New Yorker fact checker, goes with her restaurateur fiance Vincent to Verona for a pre-wedding vacation.   Vincent becomes so involved meeting with suppliers and learning new recipes that he neglects Sophie.  She discovers a 50-year-old letter to the fictional Juliet (of Romeo and Juliet) confessing that Claire, the sender had returned home to England rather than meeting her Italian lover, Lorenzo.  When Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) receives Sophie's response to her letter, she immediately goes to Verona to find Lorenzo, accompanied by her grandson, Charlie.  Charlie, Claire, and Sophie set out on a trek to find Lorenzo with predictable results.  Yes, it's sappy and frequently unbelievable, but the Italian countryside is beautiful, and who doesn't want to believe in happy endings?

My rating:  **** (out of 5)

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