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Under the Riccione Sun

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Italian beach tale has drinking, drugs, cursing.

Movie NR 2020 101 minutes
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This movie feels one whose title came first, plot later. Under the Riccione Sun is set in the Italian Riviera with skimpier bikinis than in the movies of the early 1960s, but the theme is similarly unremarkable, promoting love over sex and fidelity over unfaithfulness, sensible things that kids partying on the beach probably aren't prioritizing in real life. The movie seems to have a moral, that taking a risk on love leaves one as open to heartbreak as to happiness. But its main asset is plenty of beautiful faces and bodies, youths splashing in the sea, volleyball in bathing suits, and the ogling of potential mates. Especially charismatic is Cristiano Caccamo as Ciro, who seems equally adept at comedy, romance, and drama.

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