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Everybody Wants to Be Italian (2007)



Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 10

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A lovelorn urbanite who has spent nearly a decade trying to win back his ex-girlfriend gets involved in a romantic case of mistaken ethnicity in director Jason Todd Ipson's warmhearted relationship comedy. It's been eight years since Jake's girlfriend left him, and despite the fact that she's now married with three children, he refuses to move on. Fed up with their depressive pal's unwillingness to let go of the past, Jake's friends set him up on a blind date with a beautiful Italian woman from


Comedy, Romance

Jason Todd Ipson

Feb 3, 2009


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A clarification is in order. Nobody wants to be these Italians.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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This lame-brain romantic comedy strives hard for a shambling charm, but is unlikely to prove appealing to even the most undemanding of audiences.

September 8, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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A box of cannoli long past its sell-by date.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Full of clunky humor, battle-of-the-sexes musings and spicy accordion music, Everybody Wants to Be Italian is relentless -- but not necessarily relentless fun.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Constructed out of tired jokes, vaguely familiar actors and a few forced and predictable situations, it's strictly a harmless place-filler.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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The film plays out pretty much exactly as you would expect -- which won't bother some people one iota.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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While not being entirely original or clever in its exploration of modern Italian culture, it's a light-hearted film which delivers just enough giggles to keep it upbeat and kind of cute.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

It's all a bit offbeat and as a consequence we are more than ready to chuckle and open up our hearts

June 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Instead of making a likeable main character, the filmmakers give us the egotistical, brash, rude and obnoxious character of Jake.

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

This particular film surely straddles the line between 'romp' and 'zany,' and maybe even deserves that most hallowed of accolades: 'zany romp.'

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A dreadful romantic comedy with totally unappealing characters.

September 6, 2008 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

If you thought the ethnic stereotyping in My Big Fat Greek Wedding was bad, this charmless romantic comedy will drive you to despair.

September 5, 2008
Salt Lake Tribune

[Sets] up hackneyed relationships, conflicts and resolutions with such a lack of imagination and subtlety that paying attention to narrative particulars quickly becomes a waste of time.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical

The film is a reminder why romantic comedies have died off so much in recent years.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Writer-director Jason Todd Ipson's romantic comedy is so awash in tired ethnic clichés that the story drowns.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's pretty obvious. Everybody Wants to Be Italian wants to be the next My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Unfortunately, it doesn't have nearly as much charm as the 2002 sleeper. In fact, Italian doesn't have much charm to it at all.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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    1. Neighbor: You want love Italian style? There is no mercy. It is war. And in this war, the woman is the general.
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