‘Little Italy’ director Donald Petrie’s vision

Donald Petrie

Donald Petrie

Romantic comedy film “Little Italy” stars Hayden Christensen opposite Emma Roberts. It was written by Vinay Virmani and directed by Donald Petrie.

Petrie began his entertainment career as a television actor and then decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and took up directing. He had an impressive start to his feature film directing career with the critically acclaimed “Mystic Pizza” starring Julia Roberts.

“Mystic Pizza” would also earn Petrie an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. He followed this success with the ever popular “Grumpy Old Men” before settling down to television again to direct episodes of “Chicago Hope.”

Since the start of the new millennium, Petrie has kept busy directing highly successful comedies such as “Miss Congeniality,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “My life in Ruins.”

Read a statement of Petrie about “Little Italy” here:

Fresh off the oven, “Little Italy” is generously topped with ingredients that everyone enjoys – love of food, love of family, and love of one another.

“Little Italy” features multiple love stories involving couples of different generations. But above all, it’s a story about coming home to what you love and who you love. An impressive ensemble cast of vivid, colourful characters helps bring this story to life with a series of comedic punches and situations that line up one after the other, with little rest for the viewer.

This crowd-pleasing story is an inspired mix of memorable movies like “Chef,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Love Actually” and “Big Night.” It tells us the tale of two loud Italian families who wear their hearts on their sleeves and cook with fierce pride. To them, the love of food and family isn’t just an important thing – it’s everything!

Indeed, “Little Italy” would not be complete without mention of food – more specifically, pizza. It is said a recipe has no soul, and it is for us to bring soul to the recipe. So viewers can get ready for a visual feast, Italian-style that will leave them hungry and craving for more. If there’s one thing that can make absolutely everybody happy, it’s pizza. And you’d agree, a movie about the subject should come extremely close.

Watch the trailer of “Little Italy” here:

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