15 November 2001 | mark.waltz
The sausage may have been delicious, but this film stinks....
Sophia Loren isn't bad to look at in this comedy about an Italian girl coming to America to meet up with her fiance, and is stopped in customs for trying to get a mortadella (pig sausage) through. She is upset by her fiance's attitude towards what she considers a stupid law, and thus ends up sitting in customs while a reporter (William Devane of "Knot's Landing" fame) builds public interest. She tells her story to a sympathetic customs worker, and before you know it, she is a media darling.
This is a bad comedy with good intentions; It is one of those 70's comedys that went against convention, but in a day when all sorts of danger can be transported overseas, the idea of customs officers even considering letting Loren through seems ridiculous. There are some interesting moments, particularly the tape recording of a song Loren sings with flashes of her Italian past flashing by. Future stars like Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito (as a congressman!), David Doyle (of "Charlie's Angels" fame), and Devane add some curiosity to this comedy curio, but that's about it. Loren would have been better off going an "I Love Lucy" route, and just eaten the damn thing! (Come to think of it, she did....)