Cheeky / Trasgredire (2000)

3.5 out of 5

Viewers familiar with Tinto Brass later sex comedies would come to Cheeky with some idea of what to expect and it is unlikely that they will find their expectations confounded. There will be the familiar rich palette with vibrant reds, yellows and that delicious blue that crops up time and again in the work of Il Maestro.

Sexual obsessions and familiar visual themes are present making Cheeky feel like a distillation of the other sex comedies by the director.

Unfortunately, while the visual and thematic devices are in place, in terms of plot Trasgredire offers nothing new or original. The film in essence feels like a rehash of Così fan tutte with Yuliya Mayarchuk occupying the role that was previously held by Claudia Koll.

Such criticisms however should not be overstated as on all levels Tinto delivers that which is to be expected of him and delivers it big style. This is sweet, extremely sexy and stylish giggly frivolity with an underlying comment on the truism that sex should be and can be fun.

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