Under the Riccione Sun (2020) A Review

A little vapid and a little shallow, and not really the comedy that Netflix and IMDB say it is, but as a summer teen movie goes, it’s not bad I guess.

Certificate: 15

Director: Younuts

Screenwriter: Caterina Salvadori, Enrico Vanzina

Starring: Isabella Ferrari, Lorenzo Zurzolo, Ludovica Martino

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 101 Minutes

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

On holiday at Riccione beach on the Italian Riviera, a group of teens get to know each other and help each other through some tough times and the ups and down of first loves, new loves and old loves.  Blind Vince has a crush on a girl he has never met, Ciro wants to be a singer, but ends up with a summer job as lifeguard.  And Marco has had a crush on the same girl for five years.  How will all these events play out over the summer?

This wont win any awards any time soon for originality, or writing, or acting.  But what it will do is keep you semi-entertained this summer of you are just wanting to kick back and watch something completely mindless.  The couples pair off fairly quickly at the beginning of the film and it is obvious pretty fast who is going to end up with who.  It’s always entertaining to watch how it happens and the stupid scenarios people get themselves into for love, but this is all pretty standard fare.

The relationships are cute, and you will of course end up with your favourites that you will route for.  It doesn’t end up with everyone getting exactly what they want, which is kind of nice and keeps this from being an absolute eye roller.  Also the love story for the older characters in the story were a great add on, and were actually a lot more sweet than their younger counterparts.

Each character has their own sort of side story going on that is happening outside of the main series of events.  This helps us to learn ore about each of our characters, but I think it is Vince that we really spend the most time with, and learn to empathise and sympathise with the most, even if he is one of the quietest members of the group.  Mara was seriously underused as a character and seemed to be put there just to be used as a sexual temptation for Ciro, completely unnecessary for his storyline and a waste of the actress and the character.

Though I say this is a teen drama, and it mostly is, it is definitely for older teens.  There is a LOT of gratuitous swearing in this.  More than I think is strictly necessary, and I am not shy of using bad language, but this has a curse word in nearly every sentence.  It made the writing seem lazy and got boring very, very quickly.  The writing also bordered on cheesy for most of the film.  I don’t know if that is an issue with the translation, as the film itself is in Italian, I had to watch with English subtitles, but if that is the case, the translation does not do this any justice.

It’s a basic summer romantic drama, I definitely wouldn’t say comedy, which will do it’s job and entertain you for the most part, but I would expect much more from it than that.

If you are curious about this tit and want to see it for yourself, ‘Under the Riccione Sun’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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