It’s the movie that our World Cup soccer boss Roy Hodgson will dare not watch – because even he would be photographed leaving the cinema with a profoundly silly smile on his face.
Fresh from her finals, Taylor (Hannah Arterton) is visiting Maddie (Annabel Scholey) in Italy’s sun-drenched, southern beauty spot of Puglia.
Maddie has been on a ‘man-tox’ break after splitting with unlikely long-term boyfriend Doug (Greg Wise).
Now she’s announcing a flash-wedding to local beach hunk Raphael (Giulio Berruti) – but Taylor has a secret that will come out in the wash soon enough. Three years ago she had an intense holiday fling....with none other than the groom-to-be.
In many ways, this is simply a rehash of Mamma Mia! – only with more musical variety.
Having lesser known stars than Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth helps the cast to not worry about being note perfect.
X Factor star Leona Lewis is the one person you’d expect to sing during her so-so acting debut as a friend of the sisters, except directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini (Streetdance 3D) are cute enough to play a team game.
Their winning formula is so simple there will be an irresistible temptation to revisit this set-up with another batch of high-energy songs...
Pick a dozen hits from one decade and then join the dots with a two-for-one romance.
Add a will they / won’t they storyline, pretty faces, plenty of food and drink and non-stop blue skies and you can’t go wrong.
The film’s real joy is trying to guess which mystery classic hit will come next – but after Dexter Fletcher’s Sunshine on Leith left everyone on such a high last year, only the finale song is surprisingly found lacking by comparison.
Sexy, not smutty, and resisting the temptation to be anything other than a family-friendly romp, Walking on Sunshine is such a feelgood pre-holiday tonic it should be available on the NHS.
Like The Fault In Our Stars, it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face only without the risk that you will end up in floods of tears, too.
The Full Monty was a big hit in 1997 partly because the nation needed cheering up after the death of Diana.
After a week of England’s self-inflicted national misery, this Italian beach-side romp will soon put you back on the bright side of life