For an "apolitical" man, Wilder wrote some of the most scathing political jokes and threw them around like they meant nothing. This film is easily equal to The Apartment. Jack Lemmon is always learning lessons. :)
Oddly enough I've always seemed to gravitate towards Wilder's lesser known films. Avanti! may be a little overlong but the strongest portions are among his best and maybe his best synthesis of trademark cynicism and his knack for love stories(well along with The Apartment). You could even say that it's one of the few films to acknowledge that cynicism is in arguably a form of sentimentality. A must see.
This is a fun little film even if the plot twists and turns become a bit exhausting and ridiculous but the chemistry between Lemmon and Mills is absolutely electric and hilarious and under the direction of Billy Wilder they truly shine and it is nice to see Wilder be more naughty in his films even though his earlier films were far more sexier and funny then this one.
I was finding the humor forced at first and the movie certainly feels out of touch with the times but by the end I found it impossible not to be won over by the relationship that lies at the film's heart. A true reminder how enjoyable Jack Lemmon was as an actor!
Uggh ! Awful stereotypical presentation of an american hotshot facing troubles over exporting his deceased father from Italy. Went all downhill from after 40 mins. The last 30 mins was utter trash and unbearable.