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Poveri ma ricchissimi

Movie review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Silly hijinks help greedy family learn in edgy comedy.
  • NR
  • 2017
  • 94 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Much of the plot circles around greed and money. But the ending somewhat encourages people to be true to themselves and appreciate the important things, such as family and loved ones. And there's a subplot about redemption and giving people a second chance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the characters are money-hungry and are sometimes mean to each other; most are exaggerated caricatures of a ridiculous personality. But in the end, all the main characters, in one way or another, learn to love and appreciate one another for who they are.

Violence

A character is slapped in the face. A child points a gun at two people. A man whips a woman on the back, with her consent, as part of a BDSM sexual encounter.

Sex

Sex is referenced throughout. One plot point involves a character courting another in the hope it will lead to a sexual encounter. Scenes showing a room set up for BDSM; a consensual BDSM encounter is also shown.

Language

Moderate use of swear words including "dammit," "f--k," "jack s--t," "ass," "d--khead," and "bloody hell."

Consumerism

The entire plot centers on a poor family that suddenly comes into a lot of money and is obsessed with being rich.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to marijuana. Characters drink alcohol in a social setting. One character smokes cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Poveri ma ricchissimi is an Italian-language (with English subtitles) comedy that's the sequel to Poveri ma ricchi. Like that film, it centers around the Tucci family, who again suddenly become very rich. Most characters are obsessed with keeping their money and, as a result, are often mean to each other. Characters are portrayed as being dimwitted, though in the end, they do make the "right" choices. A subplot sees a character consider an affair with someone who enjoys BDSM. Strong language is used throughout, including "f--k," "d--khead," and "ass." A character is slapped in the face, and a child points a gun at two people. There's some reference to drug use, and adults are seen both drinking and smoking. Though some of the gags rely on minimal knowledge of Italian culture and government, viewers without that background can still follow along without any problems.  

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What's the story?

POVERI MA RICCHISSIMI (the sequel to Poveri ma ricchi) revisits the Tucci family, only to find Grandma Nicoletta (Anna Mazzamauro) on her deathbed. To cheer her up, Kevi (Giulio Bartolomei), the youngest -- and cleverest -- of the family, reveals that he secretly hid the family's lottery winnings, previously believed to have been stolen. In an effort to avoid paying taxes on their newfound riches, the family attempts to turn their small town into an independent tax haven. At first, they have fun abolishing and making new laws. But soon the family starts to struggle as they navigate running a new -- albeit small -- country and learn that money doesn't necessarily bring happiness.

Is it any good?

The Tucci family may not be the smartest or most likable bunch, but their adventures do provide some decent laughs. From the dimwitted dad, Danilo (Christian De Sica), to the airhead mom, Loredana (Lucia Ocone), each character in 

Poveri ma ricchissimi is an exaggerated caricature of a ridiculous personality. Yet the characters do grow. For example, Danilo discovers what's truly important in life, and Loredana turns out to be craftier than she seems. And everyone in the family learns that being happy together is more rewarding than having millions in the bank

A subplot adds another feel good message about redemption, as brother Marcello (Enrico Brignano) learns to trust his newly released-from-prison father-in-law. There are predictable, eye-rolling, plot twists. But there are also clever critiques on society and the world today. Together, they make for a movie that sometimes aims low but manages to amuse nonetheless.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what lessons the Tucci family learns in Poveri ma ricchissimi. Can people who've made mistakes in the past change?

  • How is sex portrayed in the movie? If teens have questions, discuss the references to BDSM. What's the best way to talk about sex in media?

  • What might you do with lottery winnings? How might suddenly becoming rich change your life? Would you use your wealth to make an impact on the world? Why, or why not?

  • Are the characters realistic? Do they rely on stereotypes? What might the effects of stereotyping be?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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