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:: Big Mamma's Boy

It seems that Nick Giannopoulos rebooting the Wog Boy series of films may have also unintentional rebooted the whole ‘wog’ humour idea that seemed to have died off in the 90s, because now comes Big Mamma’s Boy which aims to expose life as an Italian-Australian in the same way that Wog Boy did for Greek-Australians. Unfortunately, while Wog Boy had a sensational script, the same cannot be said for Big Mamma’s Boy.

The film tells the story of Rocco (Frank Lotito) an Italian real-estate agent who is pampered by his Mamma (Carmelina Di Guglielmo). Rocco is happy living this life until he meets Katie (Holly Valance) a girl that not only captures his heart but may potential steal all his clients. While Rocco hopes a relationship may develop he soon learns that Katie isn’t impressed that he is a big Mamma’s Boy while his Mamma isn’t happy that Katie isn’t Italian. It’s up to Rocco to find a way to keep both the women happy.

The sad thing about Big Mamma’s Boy is that is potential but is really let down by its script. The film is funny in parts (you’ll actually find yourself laughing out loud) but the humor is far and few between. It really seems that the film needed a top quality script editor to come along and either pull it to shreds or completely re-write it. The other surprising thing about the film is the fact that in 2011 a feature film can be released where the editing looks like it has been done by a rank amateur in their garage… to call the editing clunky is being kind at the least. While director, Franco di Chiera may be a good doco director it seems like he was dangerously out of his depth when he tried to direct a romantic comedy as he really should have been the one to pull the film back into line.

The big shining light with this film is comedian turned actor Frank Lotito. He is raw but given a little bit of time (and some more experience) it is easy to see that Lotito could become Australia’s answer to Steve Carrell. And while it is refreshing to see George Kapiniaris some more screen time it is sad to see that Holly Valance really hasn’t progressed very far past her Neighbours days, although she wasn’t exactly given a lot to work with in her role either.

Big Mamma’s Boy is a sad let down. The amateurish effort of the filmmakers destroys what potentially could have been a good film. Lotito may put a spark in the film but this is a reminder why some films shouldn’t be made.

DVD Extras

Behind the scenes “Webisodes”,
Blooper reel,
End credit dances,
Natalie Gauci video clips “Do What You Want to Do” and “Best of Me”