A comedy that may put you to sleep

Published Thu, Jul 10, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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IT must have seemed like a good idea at the time but Walking on Sunshine, a deliberately camp (at least I hope it was deliberate), impossibly upbeat and totally dull musical comedy built around a random cache of up-tempo pop tunes from the 1980s and filmed in a picturesque Italian seaside town, is the rough equivalent of death-by-muzak: it's marginally more fun than root canal surgery.

With a wafer-thin plot, underwhelming singing and even worse acting - to say nothing of musical interpretations that pale by comparison with the originals and flash mob choreography that feature in your worst nightmares - the only reason to watch this movie is if you are a) a budding karaoke singer with cheesy dance moves b) planning a holiday to the Puglia region of southern Italy or c) a film reviewer.

Directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini (StreetDance, 2010) and written by Joshua St Johnson, the film is a succession of bubblegum songs linked by a story involving two British sisters who inadvertently fall for the same Italian hunk while on holiday three years apart. Taylor (Hannah Arterton) had a memorable summer romance with pretty-boy Raf (Giulio Berruti) but has returned to Puglia after a three-year absence to discover that her sister Maddie (Annabel Scholey) is about to marry him. Gal pals Lil (Katy Brand) and Elena (Leona Lewis) offer advice and backing vocals.

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