Time Out saysReally no more than an extended joke revolving round the attitudes of Italian men towards La Mama and women in general. With the death of his wife, a businessman and his three sons find their lives disrupted by the arrival of a beautiful new maidservant. While father is trying to lay to rest the ghost of his wife and woo the maid into marriage, his middle son, aged 14, forces the girl through a series of sexual humiliations that culminate one stormy night on the eve of her wedding. Next day, after the ceremony, in front of a proud and unsuspecting father, he dutifully calls her 'Mother' and wishes every happiness. An Italian idyll: knocking off mother before father can. In spite of good moments, the film remains muddled and unsure, dividing itself between sharp observations and a 14-year-old's wet dream.