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LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI Theres a point early in the movie where Josie Alibrandi accepts a lift from Jacob Coote The only car in sight is a panel van and the voice over moans A panel van Oh no Im going home with the wrong guy She is even more shocked when her lift turns out to be a motorbike Josies mother is Sicilian and a single mother Josie is in her final year at school HSC on a scholarship at an exclusive Catholic school and struggling to come to terms with her Sicilian background in suburban Sydney To add to her problems the family is cursed according to her grandmother Nonna Katia Josies mother Christina had fallen pregnant to a boy when she was seventeen Mr Alibrandi makes a sudden reappearance much to the familys distress Josies heart is torn between John Barton Michael Gallina and Jacob Unlike other love triangles however there is no pitting of egos and its possible to cheer both boys on to victory The films opening on wogs day where Josies relatives are making tomato paste says it all The cultural cringe plays a strong part in the daily lives of emigrant families all over Australia and the Alibrandi household is no exception One thing I liked about the film is that although focussed on teenage puberty blues it doesnt labour over gratuitous sex and drunken debauchery Its not an in your face movie but it confronts issues such as teenage suicide and the pressures of exams and sexuality Personally Im against those types of movies finding them incessantly boring Not the movie of the year but its a refreshing start to a new millennium Id give it seven out of ten and maybe just maybe look for a sequel This main purpose of this is to be a guide for school students studying Looking for Alibrandi Looking For Alibrandi centres around Josephine Alibrandis final year
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