Under the Tuscan Sun is a 2003 Chick Flick adapted from Frances Mayes' memoir of the same name, directed by Audrey Wells and starring Diane Lane.Frances is an author who is happy one day, then finds out her husband is cheating on her and soon ends up divorced and living in a sad little apartment. She finds this situation intolerable, so decides to go on a vacation to Europe. While there, she buys a giant villa in Tuscany (of course) on a whim, and spends the rest of the movie fixing it and her life up.
This film includes examples of:
- Olive Garden - The movie arguably wouldn't work at all otherwise, but the trope is taken to ridiculous extremes.
- Big Fancy House: A bit run down, but freakin' enormous.
- Boyfriend Bluff: A variation. Frances grabs Marcello and pretends to be his girlfriend in order to get rid of some rude admirers.
- Hollywood Economics: She gets $300,000 from the sale of her house, and isn't implied to have a great deal more sitting around. The villa she buys must be worth a million Euro...at least, not counting the renovation with crew. It doesn't quite add up.
- The scene where she makes her offer to the original owner heavily implies that it's a rather paltry sum. She's only sold the house because a pigeon flies over and... eliminates on her, which the owner takes to be a sign from God (or something like that). Francis goes over things like renovation expenses, as well, though it's never quite explained how much she actually has.