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Fave Film # 34 – Only You

1994

Cast- Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Bonnie Hunt, Billy Zane, Fisher Stevens, Joaquim de Almeida

Faith believes in destiny and when the Ouija board and then a crystal ball at a carnival tell her that her soul mate is Damon Bradley she takes it to heart.  Fast forward more than a decade and Faith is about to marry a podiatrist when she takes a message for her fiance from Damon Bradley.  Convinced that it is fate she takes the next plane to Italy to find him.  Only she is always one step behind and must rely on her best friend and a new love interest to help her track down Damon.

Why I love it – It is no secret that I love Italy and have since we visited there in 2008.  The beautiful setting of Venice, Rome and coastal Italy made this movie easy on the eyes.  It also made me want to head back as soon as Gage is up to it!  The Italian landscape wasn’t the only thing easy on the eyes.  Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. as Faith and Peter were adorable and it was fun to watch them together onscreen.  And I’d love to have Tomei’s wardrobe.

This movie was pure romantic escapism.  It was about destiny and finding that one other half of yourself.  Faith’s belief was magical and innocent and it was nicely offset by Peter’s belief that they were meant to be together.  I love stories like this when they are done well and the leads perfect in their roles, like this one. 

As much as this was a love story about destiny and falling in love it was also about the hard work and reality of marriage.  Faith’s best friend and sister-in-law Kate, played perfectly by Bonnie Hunt, went to Italy with Faith thinking that her marriage was over because her husband was cheating on her.  She was ready for a sexy Italian diversion and she got one in the suave Giovanni.  These two couples traipsing around Italy searching for the illusive Damon Bradley were fun to watch and easy to like.

It’s a great romantic comedy.  Here’s the trailer if you still aren’t convinced.  Here are my 0ther 99 favorite movies.

November 19, 2010 Posted by | movies | | 18 Comments