• Nicole Sherwin

Film Review: Little Italy

It's more than a little bit shit though.

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Some people might describe this movie as Romeo and Juliet, with pizza. They would be e-stupido because Romeo and Juliet is a literary masterpiece, and this is not. Little Italy has more cheese than your Nona’s margarita. Topped with all the rom-com clichés and a healthy side of offensive racial stereotypes.

The plot

Nikki and Leo were best friends growing up. Their parents owned a pizza shop together in Little Italy, Toronto. But this wasn’t your regular Pizza Hut. For one, there’s not one sweaty man covered in flour to be found. Everything is caricature Italian. The accents, the Peroni, the gangsters, the family, Luigi’s bar around the corner. Everything is Italian, except for the lead actors. Nikki (Emma Roberts) is not Italian and Leo (Hayden Christensen) is Scandinavian.

One year at the Little Italy ‘Best Pizza’ competition, Nikki and Leo’s dads have a fight. They won’t tell anyone what it was about, but they’re banned from the competition. They cease their partnership and Nikki’s dad opens a shop next door.

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Nikki has bigger plans in life than working at her family's pizza shop and flees to London to go to culinary school. She’s about to hit the big time when she has to return Canada for two weeks to renew her visa. Even the tiniest details of this movie aren’t original. That plot is straight outta The Proposal with Ryan Reynolds and Sandy Bullock.

She immediately reunites with her former best friend Leo in the rain. The rain is premature for mine. They’ve only just reunited. It’s obviously too soon for the 'soaking wet and has to get changed and accidentally see each other naked and want to immediately bone' scene. But don’t worry – that’s coming.

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Leo invites Nikki over to dinner. He makes pizza, obviously. He takes her upstairs for a rooftop date. ‘It’s beautiful,’ says Nikki. His rooftop garden is filled with plants, and of course, tea lights. He shares with her his hopes and dreams to one day open his own shop, using only organic ingredients that he grows on his rooftop. So organic ingredients like grains for the flour, a cow up there for the milk, tomato plants for the sauce. No, he just has like 500 hundred basil and oregano plants. So, he’s just a