The Easy Life (Il sorpasso)
The Easy Life (Il sorpasso) (1962)

Regarded by many as Dino Risi's finest film, The Easy Life (Il Sorpasso) casts Vittorio Gassman as Bruno, a jaded, aging roue, who introduces young Roberto Mariani Jean-Louis Trintignant to his hedonistic lifestyle.. Previously a man… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1962
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2014
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Critic Score: 86% 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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An influential road movie, that set a tone for the genre about unlikely buddies pairing off.

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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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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.

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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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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

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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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
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
Eric Broome
"Il Sorpasso" is a classic road film, accessible and easy to like even for English-speaking audiences. Vittorio Gassman is Bruno, a tall, handsome,… 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