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5 Star Christmas

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sexual innuendo, cursing in misguided farce about politics.

Movie NR 2018 92 minutes
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This is a broad farce that disappoints, quickly devolving into a misguided, overly-long SNL skit, a pity since this dull comedy represents the waste of a truly funny idea. Much of the plot of 5 Star Christmas seems derived from elsewhere. Noises Off comes to mind, as does Weekend at Bernie's, two far funnier movies. Teens will note immediately that most of the humor comes from unnecessarily bad decision-making on the part of characters who don't seem in the least bit real. And in a #MeToo-awakened atmosphere, the P.M.'s womanizing isn't going to be viewed as much of a comic asset, either. Giulia parades around in her underwear, risking her own and the P.M.'s reputation, and viewers have to wonder why she isn't covering up with one of those bathrobes that every decent five-star hotel provides. The couple is consumed with a scandal that could ruin them both yet the senator blithely answers the door in her underwear.

No one is smart enough to call the police when they find the body and, equally silly, Rispoli hands a room waiter Rossi's dress, something no one obsessed with hiding a woman's presence in his room would ever do. Martina Stella might be a terrific actress but here she just seems to be impersonating Sofia Vergara, and Ghini as the P.M. seems to think comedy is funnier when delivered accompanied by constant, aggressive hand gestures. That guy is going to hurt himself.

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