Under the Tuscan Sun
Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
Probably the most thoroughly pleasing film of the year after “Antwone Fisher” (which shares its sunflower motif), you’d have to be very cynical not to enjoy this alluring picture. It helps that it acknowledges its own debt to Italian-tourism films and to the laughable yuppie-therapy nature of its premise (“that is so Oprah!” complains the heroine). Films like this succeed with an engaging lead, colorful supporting players, and beautiful scenery, so that no matter what happens in the story, there’s always something on the screen to keep you smiling. Best is the no-nonsense friend played by the endearing Sandra Oh.