Christensen/Roberts Chemistry Saves Mediocre Netflix Romcom ‘Little Italy’

Alice Oscura, Featured Writer

Plot: Leo Campo (Hayden Christensen) and Nikki Angioli (Emma Roberts) are the respective son and daughter of rival pizzeria owners. Their fathers were once best friends but after winning the Annual Little Italy (a fictious neighborhood set in Toronto, Canada) pizza competition, their friendship turned into a full-on feud that has lasted years. However, complications and antics ensue when Nikki returns from culinary school in London because sparks begin to reignite between the two.

Review: 2018’s Little Italy is not a terrible movie but, it is not that great either. The saving grace for the film seems to be the chemistry between Roberts and Christensen, who is worlds away from his Anakin Skywalker days, plus the sweet, comedic relief of the relationship between actors Andrea Martin and Danny Aiello (which sadly became his last role before his death in 2019).

Oh wait. There’s a speck of sand on it. I don’t like sand…

The film does capture the atmosphere of a typically close-knit Italian neighbourhood where everyone knows each other. The bright colours and beauty of the outdoor market was an enjoyable and pleasing sight. Not to mention pizza galore in almost every scene that they can fit it into. There is also a lot of shameless plugging for the Italian brand beer, Peroni, which was faced towards the camera with the label carefully displayed for the audience’s viewing pleasure. On a side note, I really do not like the taste of Peroni, and I’ve had better.

The feud between the two fathers is hilarious sometimes, but it eventually wears thin especially when you have no idea what they are really fighting about in the first place. So it just ends up being a lot of back and forth with insults for no reason at all. What was amusing is the fact that the wives kept their friendship going behind their clueless husbands’ backs.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say ‘love is in the air’

We have a couple of appearances from a veteran actress who I will not mention here just in case anyone wants to check it out. It is currently available on Netflix and don’t forget to stick around for the after credits scenes as they are particularly amusing and entertaining.

Alice’s Score: 5 out of 10

For my review of another Emma Roberts romcom Holidate you can click here

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