A young couple must navigate a blossoming romance, amidst a war between their families’ competing pizza restaurants.
I saw the trailer around the time that I watched Crazy Rich Asians and I thought it looked cute; big bonus being that it was filmed here in Toronto, lol. My friend and I were in the mood for a rom-com so we decided to check it out, lol.
And it was cute. Yeah, there was a lot of hate about this movie when the trailer came out–looks like a movie out of 2004, complete with typical Italian stereotypes, predictable plot, the leads were questionable, etc. But I went into this movie expecting a cute rom-com and I got that. Yeah, I was greatly amused that they filmed in Toronto and indeed acknowledged that they were set in Toronto, lol (they usually don’t say, so haha!). But yeah, I enjoyed the story for what it is, I was invested in the characters and their lives and their goals. For all of the usuals–the accents, the food lol–the heart was there, the emphasis on family, of following your heart even as you’re torn between career and your roots, what you want and how much it’s hurt in the past. And the secondary storyline about the grandparents was a pleasant surprise; I was just as invested in their story as I was with Leo and Nikki’s will-they-won’t-they storyline.
The cast was great for the roles they played. Admittedly I was surprised at Hayden Christensen; we all remember his performance in Star Wars but here he was quite convincing as a romantic lead and the character of Leo. I haven’t watched many shows or movies featuring Emma Roberts but she was great as Nikki: the drive, her frustration and confusion about Leo and what she wants in her life. Andrew Phung (love him in Kim’s Convenience!) was a show-stealer as Leo’s friend.
Okay, this turned out to be a shorter-than-I-thought review but I felt like writing an entry about it anyways because I enjoyed it for what it was. I clearly haven’t watched many, if at all, rom-coms from the last year or so but I enjoyed the throwback and feel of this movie and the story itself. If you’re looking for something light-hearted and a good time, Little Italy is worth checking out.