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Saturday, May 1, 2010

LETTERS TO JULIET

By D.E.Levine

Director: Gary Winick
Writers: Jose Rivera and Tim Sullivan
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Marcia DuBonis, Gael Garcia Bernal, Giordano Formenti, Paoli Arvedi, Dario Conti, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, Luisa Ranieri et al.
Producers: Ellen Barkin, Mark Canton, Eric Feig, Caroline Kaplan, and Patrick Wachsberger
Executive Producer: Ron Schmidt
Line Producer: Marco Valerio Pugini
Original Music: Andrea Guerra
Running Time: 113 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English and Italian

The movie is sweet bu somewhat disappointing when one considers the cast involved.

Magazine fact-checker Sophie goes to Verona, Italy with her restaurateur fiance and visits the house where Shakespeare's Juliet supposedly lived. Beneath Juliet's balcony women leave notes asking for advice regarding their love life.

Discovering a 50-year old note from British girl named Claire that discusses her love for a young Italian man, Sophie sets out to find Claire (now a woman) and the two of them go looking for Claire's love from 50 years ago.

Accompanied by Claire's good-looking, sharp-tongued grandson Charlie, the two women set off on quest through the beautiful Italian countryside.

While the story is rather weak and melodramatic, visually, the search through the Italian countryside is spectacular.

Despite the flaws in the story and the "happily ever after" theme, the film, while not great, is certainly entertaining and should gather an audience of a wide range of ages.


Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance