Walking on Sunshine (12A)

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Romance

Walking on Sunshine

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Tue Jun 24

Welcome to Magic FM the movie. This girls’-night-out film is so ruthlessly calculated to deliver a-million-percent-feelgood vibes that I half expected fun monitors on the front row to be armed with Boris’s new water cannon and spraying pinot grigio at the audience. Like ‘Mamma Mia!’, it’s a musical where everyone bursts into song (’80s hits) and starts dancing in a way that doesn’t seem to freak out passers-by.

The storyline is simple – why get in the way of songs? – two sisters on holiday in Italy fall in love with the same man. Taylor (Hannah Arterton, younger sister of Gemma) is the sensible, serious one while Maddie (Annabel Scholey) is fun-loving and crap with men. Maddie has just got engaged to fit Italian guy Raf (Giulio Berruti, nice pecs, doesn’t say much). But it turns out Raf and Taylor had a whirlwind romance three years before and still have a thing for each other (The Bangles’ ‘Eternal Flame’). Of course there’s a hen night to get out of the way (Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’) before the at-the-altar-showdown (Cher’s ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’).

Everyone overacts. Comedian Katy Brand gets the best lines as the sisters’ BFF. (‘Exes are like fireworks. They either explode in your face or go all limp.’) Is it fun? Depends where you stand on singing along to The Bangles at the cinema. Personally, I’m prepared to hang on for the ’90s remix with Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name’ and Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.

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Release details

Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Jun 27, 2014

Duration:

97 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini

Screenwriter:

Joshua St Johnston

Cast:

Greg Wise, Leona Lewis, Annabel Scholey

Cinemas showing Walking on Sunshine

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The Rex Cinema

High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 2BT Show map/details

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    The Rex Cinema High Street
    Berkhamsted
    HP4 2BT

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  • Tue Sep 9:

    • 12:30

South Hill Park Arts Centre

South Hill Park, Bracknell, RG12 7PA Show map/details

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    South Hill Park Arts Centre South Hill Park
    Bracknell
    RG12 7PA

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  • Thu Oct 2:

    • 19:45
  • Fri Oct 3:

    • 10:30

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