As I’ve said before, we love movies. We always have. Since we first started dating to after 15+ years of marriage we’ve watched movies together. We love spotting actors and being able to name previous roles they were in years before. It’s a game to see who can out movie trivia the other. ie. Kevin Hart - played a camera man in the fake film crew in ‘Along Came Polly’.
In the last month or so, Riane and I have become tired of the nightly “find something on Netflix” routine and have gone back to the old days of getting out our dvd’s and selecting from some older movies that we’ve not seen in a while but really enjoy. So…we are going to give you some of our throw back movie reviews to give you some great flicks to re-catch or see if you missed them the first time around.
One of the first films we did this with was - Under the Tuscan Sun
I will say that this is not a movie that 10 years ago I was really excited about seeing. It’s definitely a chick-flick, but after actually going to Italy I now love watching movies that are set in Italy and we keep throwing in those dvd's as of late. Rotten Tomato’s gives it 62% and the Audience reviews a positive 78%…
We grade it out at a 94.5 - (based on: story line/scenery/entertainment value/& will we watch again)
- Story Line (90): Who doesn't like a story about someone who experiences tragedy in their life and somehow turns that into an opportunity to live out their dreams that they didn’t even know they had? Yes, this is not a story that is going to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen or “how’s it going to end?!” - but I smiled throughout the entire movie.
- Scenery (97): Italy, wine country… what else is there? It’s hard to miss on this one. You shoot a movie predominately in a vineyard in Italy along with an old house you are renovating… it’s hard to do better. Again, we love to travel and we love Italy so this is a perfect movie for us to relax and enjoy the scenery and get more excited about our next trip across the pond.
- Entertainment (93): I often find myself distracted during movies now with: the news, my phone, the computer, Riane’s phone, etc… We are typically working and watching at the same time, so we don’t always feel like we’ve sat down to relax and unwind, but more like we just moved work to the bedroom, sat on the bed with a movie on and worked more. Sometimes that’s because the entertainment value of what’s on is just not real high. Not so with Under The Tuscan Sun. We pretty much gave the movie our attention start to finish and really enjoyed pulling out an 03 throw back.
- Will We Watch Again (98): Absolutely. We didn’t give it a 100 here because I won’t watch again tomorrow, but I will throw it back in there in the next 30-90 days without hesitation.
It's Friday! If you aren't going out tonight and you love movies, this is a great one to kick off the weekend! So, if you missed Under the Tuscan Sun, felt like it was too girly for your man, or it’s just too early 2000’s - I encourage you to give it a try and for a fun little flick that has phenomenal scenery, light and easy entreatment that will have you smiling and feeling like booking your next trip to the wine country as soon as it’s over.