Fantozzi 2000 - La clonazione

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  • 1999
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 4.5  (1,168)

Fantozzi 2000 - La clonazione is an Italian comedy film released in 1999, directed by Domenico Saverni. The film stars Paolo Villaggio, reprising his iconic role as Ugo Fantozzi, a character that first made an appearance in literature before exploding onto the silver screen. The franchise had become a cornerstone of Italian comedy by the time this installment was released, resonating with audiences through its satirical portrayal of the Italian middle class and the corporate world. Milena Vukotic and Anna Mazzamauro also star, continuing their roles as Pina Fantozzi, Ugo's tolerant wife, and Miss Silvani, Fantozzi's unrequited love interest, respectively.

In Fantozzi 2000 - La clonazione, we step back into the haplessly tragicomic world of Ugo Fantozzi, now grappling with the onset of Y2K, the cultural and literal turn of the millennium that triggered widespread paranoia and predictions of technological disaster. Perpetually stuck in a loop of misfortune and humiliation, Fantozzi represents the perennial everyman, caught between the desire to conform and the urge to rebel against society's absurdities.

The movie follows our beleaguered protagonist as he navigates the trials and tribulations of modern life at the dawn of a new era, still employed at the same large corporation where the majority of his misadventures take place. As if the usual rigors of daily life weren't enough, Fantozzi now faces the challenges presented by technological advancements and corporate shenanigans that suit the times.

The narrative kicks off with Fantozzi's struggles with the impending millennium bug, a topic that's ripe for comedic misinterpretation by someone as technologically challenged as Fantozzi. He's desperate to ensure that his beloved domestic appliances will survive the transition into the year 2000—after all, his trusty VCR and refrigerator are like family members to this quintessentially old-school Italian.

At work, the film finds new ways to lampoon the corporate world, which has now begun experimenting with cutting-edge technologies to maximize efficiency—even at the expense of its employees' well-being. Fantozzi, true to form, becomes entangled in these experiments with characteristically disastrous results, leading to a series of events that are both preposterous and pointedly satirical.

Central to the plot is the controversial concept of cloning. As the title suggests, Fantozzi is exposed to a bizarre new project undertaken by his company—in their quest for the perfect employee, they are experimenting with cloning. This leads to more humorous scenarios in which Fantozzi confronts the moral and ethical dilemmas posed by new technologies, as well as the identity crises that follow.

The film is not merely a series of unfortunate events but also a commentary on the human condition and the consequences of an increasingly soulless corporate culture. Fantozzi is a character on the brink, navigating not just the upheaval in his professional life but also the changing dynamics in his personal relationships. Pina, his wife, remains his rock, ever the grounding presence amid the confusion. Still, more than ever before, communication between Fantozzi and the world around him appears to be fracturing.

Miss Silvani, whose role has been one of distant admiration (on Fantozzi’s part), is again part of his tale, perpetually out of reach, and still the object of his awkward, touchingly inept romantic overtures. In keeping with tradition, Fantozzi’s attempts to win her affection are riddled with embarrassment and comedy, creating a caricature of romantic pursuit gone awry.

The comedy in Fantozzi 2000 - La clonazione is often slapstick, delivered with physical gags and visual humor that are trademarks of the series. But there's also an undercurrent of wry wit and a splash of pathos, in line with Italian comedic sensibilities. The cultural critiques the film makes ensure that it transcends the basic pratfalls and obvious laughs to offer a more nuanced lampoon of contemporary issues.

While rooted in the specific time frame of the turn of the millennium, Fantozzi's struggles are timeless; technology may change, but the buffoonery of corporate life and the vulnerabilities of the human spirit remain constants. As with the previous Fantozzi movies, this installment combines these universal themes with the local color and particularities of Italian society of its time.

Fantozzi 2000 - La clonazione is steeped in the Fantozzi film series' legacy, ensuring that long-time fans would welcome the familiar brand of humor while potentially drawing in new audiences with its take on the Y2K culture. It's a movie that invites viewers to laugh not only at the antics of its protagonist but also at the broader reflection of society — and perhaps a bit at themselves.

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    4.5  (1,168)