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Caccia al tesoro

Movie review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Inane quest to steal has some laughs but mostly falls flat.
  • NR
  • 2017
  • 90 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No underlying positive messages. The premise of the movie is a robbery, with all but two of the characters taking part for selfish reasons.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters don't have many admirable qualities, except that a noble cause serves as Domenico's motivate for committing a crime.

Violence

Much arguing, plus insults. A security guard is physically attacked.

Sex

A character dresses in tight clothing and uses her sex appeal to manipulate men. In one scene, she rips open her dress and falsely accuses a man of coming after her.

Language

Sprinkling of strong language in Italian, such as "troia" ("slut"), "coglioni" ("balls"), "merda" (s--t"), and "vaffanculo" ("f--k off").

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink alcohol at a hotel bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Caccia al tesoro is an Italian-language comedy (currently unavailable with English subtitles) about a ragtag team looking to steal a valuable treasure. While two characters are planning the robbery to collect enough money to pay for a special heart operation that will save a little boy's life -- and they believe they have the permission of Naples' patron saint and "owner" of the treasure, San Gennaro -- the motivations of the rest of the group aren't as noble. They're also joined by a kid who helps them get their hands on the treasure. In one scene, a woman accuses a man of sexually assaulting her to create a diversion and escape with his hotel room key. There is some strong language throughout, such as "troia" ("slut"), "coglioni" ("balls"), "merda" (s--t"), and "vaffanculo" ("f--k off"). Many of the jokes are about regional accents and rivalry and require knowledge of Italian culture to understand.

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What's the story?

CACCIA AL TESORO tells the story of Domenico (Vincenzo Salemme), a failing, debt-ridden actor from Naples who discovers that his nephew needs 160,000 euros to pay for a life-saving operation. When he and the boy's mother go to pray to San Gennaro asking for help, they mistake a parking attendant for the voice of the saint himself granting them permission to steal a precious stone from his headdress. Thus begins an adventure to capture the treasure, which ends up involving several other amateur and professional burglars, a trip to Torino, and many complicated hoaxes along the way.

Is it any good?

With lots of lying and deceiving, this adventure about stealing precious treasure is full of iffy themes and eye-rolling plot turns. There are some mildly interesting characters -- such as the mafia boss who turns out to have a heart of gold. Domenico, the uncle who embarks on this criminal quest to save his nephew, could be likable were it not for his constant attempts to get out of paying his debts. Caccia al tesoro misses an opportunity to thoughtfully explore a well-known moral dilemma: Is it OK to do something wrong if what you're doing is for a good cause? Still, some viewers might enjoy seeing how the characters overcome each obstacle as they try to get their hands on the treasure, even if most of the twists aren't particularly clever. And the ending is a feel-good conclusion, if hardly believable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the character profiles in Caccia al tesoro. Which character is the most likable? Why? What motivates them?

  • Do any of the characters demonstrate integrity? Discuss the moral dilemma: Is it ever OK to do something wrong if what you're doing is for a good cause? Why or why not?

  • What do you think about Claudia using her appearance to her advantage? Why is the fact that Domenico treats her differently so important to her?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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