Love romantic comedies? Love Riccardo Scamarcio? Of course you do.
I’ve found a free streaming and download of one of my favorite romantic comedies, L’Uomo Perfetto, (The Perfect Man) starring Scamarcio, Francesca Inaudi, Gabriella Pession, and Giampaolo Morelli.
It’s a stupid plot in the way that plots are stupid in many comedies but it’s extremely entertaining and authentic in ways that really surprised me. Maria was that girlfriend in high school that everyone had – the one all the boys liked, and no guy you were interested in was safe around her. She’s the one that no matter where you went, how great you looked, or how much the guy seemed into you in Algebra class – he’d be making out with her by the end of the night. Maria and Lucia had been best friends since childhood but there was just had the one problem – Maria got engaged to the only man who Lucia ever loved.
Lucia’s solution is ridiculous but hilarious in a kind of “evil genius” way, and so well executed that you almost think it could work. She hires Antonio, an out of work actor, to become the perfect man, everything that Maria would ever want, and then seduce her. Lucia figures that once Maria sees that Paolo is not her perfect man they’ll break up and she can have him.
É strano, passi una vita inseguendo un sogno e poi ti accorgi che la tua isola felice era a un passo da te, che bastava allungare una mano per sentire l’onda che sfiora la riva e il tuo cuore che dice: siamo arrivati! Io sono arrivata finalmente, da qui in poi è un’altra storia.
(It’s strange, you spend your life following a dream and then you realize that your happy island is just a step away, and that all you had to do was stretch out your hand to feel the waves against the shore and your heart says, “We’re here! We’re finally here and from now on it’s another story.) – Lucia in L’uomo Perfetto
While I am not comfortable with free downloads, in my defense I spent the last hour trying to pay to watch it online and apparently, in the USA this is impossible.
There are no subtitles, but if you don’t need them, this is one of the sweetest, funniest, most romantic films in my library.