Walking on Sunshine


Feel good girls' night out musical with 80s tunes and beautiful Italian scenery Discuss this article

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This girls’-night-out film is ruthlessly calculated to deliver a-million-percent-feel good vibes. It’s a musical where everyone bursts into song (’80s hits) and starts dancing in a way that doesn’t seem to freak out passers-by.

The storyline is simple – why get in the way of songs? – two sisters on holiday in Italy fall in love with the same man. Taylor (Hannah Arterton, younger sister of Gemma) is the sensible, serious one while Maddie (Annabel Scholey) is fun-loving and rubbish with men. Maddie has just got engaged to fit Italian guy Raf (Giulio Berruti, nice pecs, doesn’t say much). But it turns out Raf and Taylor had a whirlwind romance three years before and still have a thing for each other (The Bangles’ ‘Eternal Flame’). Of course there’s a hen night to get out of the way (Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’) before the at-the-altar-showdown (Cher’s ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’).

Everyone overacts. Comedian Katy Brand gets the best lines as the sisters’ BFF. Is it fun? Depends where you stand on singing along to The Bangles at the cinema.

By Cath Clarke
Time Out Doha,

Walking on Sunshine

  • Duration: 97
  • Released: Thu, 12 Mar
  • Language: English,Italian
  • Director: Max Giwa (as Max & Dania) , Dania Pasquini (as Max & Dania)
  • Stars: Greg Wise, Adrian Quinton, Annabel Scholey

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