Picks and Pans Review: Only You

updated 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Bonnie Hunt

If you dream of the perfect Italian vacation, this is the movie to see. It brims with gondolas cruising the canals of Venice, olive trees dotting the hills of Tuscany, crumbling ruins in Rome and the beachside cliffs of Positano. As a travelogue, it's the equivalent of a superb full-course Italian meal. As a wacky romantic comedy, which is what Only You aspires to be, it's SpaghettiOs.

Long on plot and short on sense, this movie follows a hopelessly romantic bride-to-be (Tomei), a woman who cries while watching Ezio Pinza sing "Some Enchanted Evening." Tomei runs off to Italy in pursuit of the man that a Ouija board and a fortune-teller have told her will be her soulmate.

Director Norman Jewison appears to have been hoping for another Moonstruck, which he also directed. No such luck. Only You has neither the beguiling comic characters nor the demented passion of that 1987 film. Tomei and Downey—he's a poetry-spouting American shoe salesman she meets in Rome—both try hard, but labored comedy is merely labor. Hunt plays the Eve Arden role of Tomei's wisecracking pal to perfection, making her the single best reason to see the movie. (PG)

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