Luca

2021, Kids & family/Comedy, 1h 40m

272 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Slight but suffused with infectious joy, the beguiling Luca proves Pixar can play it safe while still charming audiences of all ages. Read critic reviews

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It isn't as creative as Pixar's best movies, but Luca lives up to the studio's standards for beautiful animation while telling a sweet fish-out-of-water story the whole family will enjoy. Read audience reviews

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Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Disney and Pixar's original feature film "Luca" is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca (voice of Jacob Tremblay) shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, Alberto (voice of Jack Dylan Grazer), but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water's surface.

Cast & Crew

Jacob Tremblay
Luca Paguro
Voice
Jack Dylan Grazer
Alberto Scorfano
Voice
Emma Berman
Giulia
Voice
Maya Rudolph
Daniela
Voice
Jim Gaffigan
Lorenzo
Voice
Sandy Martin
Grandma
Voice
Francesca Fanti
Maggiore
Voice
Gino D'Acampo
Eugenio
Voice
Marco Barricelli
Massimo
Voice
Saverio Raimondo
Ercole Visconti
Voice
Jesse Andrews
Screenwriter
Mike Jones
Screenwriter
Pete Docter
Executive Producer
Peter Sohn
Executive Producer
Kiri Hart
Executive Producer
David Juan Bianchi
Cinematographer
Kim White
Cinematographer
Jason Hudak
Film Editor
Dan Romer
Original Music
Daniela Strijleva
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  • Jun 28, 2021
    Broman Holiday - Film Review: Luca ★★★★ Picture a story of two young men who meet in an Italian village one fateful summer. They share a strong bond, but circumstances seem fated to drive them apart. Bicycles get ridden. Sun-dappled scenery evokes pure romance. Peaches, or perhaps peach gelato, may or may not play a role. You'd find yourself forgiven for immediately thinking of a certain Oscar-nominated film from a few years ago, but who would have imagined the same scenario applying to the new Pixar movie, Luca? In the battle of text and subtext, Luca finds that sweet spot between a cute family adventure and an unabashedly LGBTQIA+ budding romance. Enrico Casarosa makes his feature directing debut, and along with co-writers Jesse Andrews and Mike Jones, gives us Luca Paguro (Jacob Tremblay), a 13-year-old sea monster who, in the 1950s, spends his days herding fish and coming home to his parents Daniela (Maya Rudolph) and Lorenzo (Jim Gaffigan). They constantly warn Luca to stay away from the dangerous world above their undersea environs. Naturally, or else goodbye movie, Luca meets Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer) who coaxes Luca to the surface, where their bodies take on human form. With a secret only spoiled if they get wet again, the boys seek out all the thrills and spills denied them in their natural habitat. In a delightful sequence, we find them building and crashing janky Vespa prototypes. They crash at their new friend Giulia's house and learn of a triathlon competition consisting of bicycling, pasta eating, and the dreaded swimming leg. If they win, they can buy a real, if busted, Vespa, and Broman Holiday it up until the dog days of August. Add a town bully who looks and acts just like Dancing With The Stars judge Bruno Tonioli and scene stealing roles from Napoleon Dynamite legend, Sandy Martin as Luca's droll Grandma, and Sasha Baron Cohen as his loopy Uncle Ugo, and you have an unpretentious delight for all ages. Those who can sniff out the undercurrents (pardon the Dad joke pun), however, will see Luca as a thinly veiled coming-out/gay love story. With its lush score by Dan Romer and its rainbow-colored gallery of hues and tones, you may find this the perfect setting for a same sex connection. It's the male version of The Little Mermaid with a Pride month release date. Try watching Luca and Alberto stand arm in arm as they take in a beautiful sunset without wanting to shout, "Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!" at the screen. You don't have to squint to recognize the parallels to gay-themed films in which the fear of being discovered or living authentically with someone you love play a major part. Even Giulia has that tomboy Peppermint Patty quality to complete this platonic trio's oh so woozy, eye-contact filled rush of same sex loving vibes. The inclusion of a character with a disability in the form of Guilia's father Massimo adds to the film's way of coloring outside the lines. Those expecting the grandeur of such Pixar triumphs as Toy Story or Finding Nemo may feel disappointed in this decidedly low-key effort, but it's the small scale and unfussy animation which actually made me love it more. The visuals may not feel as eye-popping as past fare, but this adorable, fast-paced, funny tale earns its gorgeous final shot, a bittersweet moment of longing and freedom.
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