Puccini For Beginners Review

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A newly-single New York writer finds herself in two complicated relationships - namely a man and the ex-girlfriend he recently dumped.


The latest effort from indie director Maria Maggenti (The Incredibly True Adventures Of Two Girls In Love) focuses on a love triangle with a difference, as lesbian writer Allegra (Elizabeth Reaser) is dumped and promptly tumbles into an affair with both a man and the girlfriend (Gretchen Mol) he has left to be with her. Except, of course, she doesn’t know that the pair were once an item, until she finds out in the worst possible way...

Shades of recent Woody Allen and any number of low-budget, New York-set quirky-coms are to be found in this gently amusing film. It doesn’t really add much to an already overstuffed genre, but this still makes for a pleasant enough diversion. Although references to Puccini’s operas prove limited.

It's amiable enough but there's nothing on show to make it stand out from the average rom-com.