swingsister (swingsister) wrote,

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Movie Review: Johnny Stecchino

I rented this movie called Johnny Stecchino, and I highly recomend it. It's all in Italian with English subtitles. Thank God, because I despise anything that's dubbed. It's starring Roberto Benigni, and Nicoletta Braschi, the same woman from Pinnocchio and Life is Beautiful; (who is also his wife, I found out.)

It's about a dopey naive bus driver named Dante (Roberto Benigni), who I belive lives in Tuscany or something like that, who runs into a beautiful woman named Maria, (Nicoletta Braschi) who seems to find him fascinating. It turns out that the reason she finds him so amazing is that he is an exact replica of her husband, (also plyed by Roberto Benigni) Johnny Stecchino, which means Johnny Toothpic - a nick name he earned in America for being so skinny. Johnny Stecchino is a notorious mobster in Sicily who has a hit out on him for accidently killing a rival mobster's wife. So Maria tells Dante that he looks like a Johhny, and that she'll always call him Johnny. Then she convinces him to acccompany her to Palermo, Sicily, where he will unknowingly pose as Johnny Stecchino, and get killed for him, while the real Johnny Stecchino remanins in hiding, waiting to escape to Argentina with his wife. Of course, the real Johnny stecchino is a dick, and not at all like the sweet, playful Dante; as Maria soon discovers for herself.

It's such a cute movie, and it has an adorable ending. It's absolutely hilarious. I highly recomend it. You can rent it at Hollywood Video. Unless you go to the one by Redbug road, and then you have to wait until I return it. I think I'm gonna try to buy it on DVD.
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