The Easy Life
The Easy Life (1962)

Ettore Scola and Ruggero Macari wrote this memorable comedy/drama about an arrogant, hedonistic roadhog who takes a shy young student on a wild--and tragic--ride. (Alternate title: Il Sorpasso)

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 28, 2014
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Powers

When I first saw it 25 years ago, I couldn't wait to see it again right away. I've been waiting ever since.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Risi proves to have a deft sense of managing the intertwined humor and drama of his incredibly complex characters

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's a sunny, lazy day in early-1960s Rome - the city is "like a graveyard," with everyone away on holiday.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Bruno and Il Sorpasso are full of wonderful surprises and hidden depths, and they continually slip away from any attempts to reduce them.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Yes, the frame is filled with the era's bikini-clad pulchritude, but the fuel here is primo neurosis.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Dino Risi's well-cast leads can't quite sell his heavy-handed irony as truths about masculine character.

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Pierluigi Puccini
Hysterical satire with wonderful dialogue and two excellent performances, Trintignant is a quiet and absent minded youngster, and Gassman is his mischievous,… More
Walter M.
"Il Sorpasso" starts with Bruno(Vittorio Gassman) driving into a nearly deserted Rome from Amalfi. While there, he asks to use the phone of… More