An erotic comedy making fun of the historical and sexual stereotypes. The film is also known as 'Decameron Pie' - and, indeed, it could be summarized as: Decameron
(yes, the one with the plague in Florence) meets American Pie
(yes, the one with Stifler), and the link between both works is the obsession on virginity. Even though in general the plot does not make much sense, it contains numerous references to Boccaccio
's work - especially to the first story told during the third day. The style of humour is close to that from Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(though a little bit subtler), including sudden appearances of supernatural entities which look like painted on the sky's surface.
Contains the examples of:
- All Women Are Lustful: especially Naughty Nuns.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: played straight with Lorenzo.
- Anachronism Stew: omnipresent. (This underlines the mix of conventions in the film.)
- Arranged Marriage: between Pampinea and the Count.
- Bad Habits: the narrator, whose carrier path begins at thieving and than painting religious frescoes, only for him to become a self-proclaimed priest.
- Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: a rare male example with Lorenzo and the abbess.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: invoked by Melissa and Filomena in the trick which they conceived in order to escape from the bandits' camp.
- Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends.
- Confessional: Gerbino and Pampinea before their wedding.
- Corrupt Church: not less than in Boccaccio's work.
- Courtly Love: personified in Count Dzerzhinsky.
- Double Entendre: a whole lot of them.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Count Dzerzhinsky and his love to Pampinea.
- Fanservice: quiet a lot.
- Forbidden Fruit: just look at the title.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: used by Melissa and Filomena to distract their captors.
- Go-Go Enslavement: Melissa and Filomena.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Pampinea's jealousy triggered the events which forced Lorenzo to abandon the convent.
- Loves My Alter Ego: Lorenzo and Pampinea (alias the Perfectly Kissing Nun).
- Male Frontal Nudity: the bandits.
- Mr. Fanservice: Lorenzo.
- Not Quite Dead: Lorenzo, after his having been stricken on the neck with Gerbino's sword.
- Old Man Marrying A Child: Gerbino and Pampinea.
- Olive Garden: all around.
- The Renaissance.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: Gerbino, Lorenzo and Pampinea.
- Sex as Rite-of-Passage: the main theme of the film.
- Shirtless Scene: numerous times, with Lorenzo.
- Show Some Leg: almost every woman in the film.
- Skip to the End: Gerbino, during his wedding.
- Supernatural Aid: strongly subverted - when the characters hear voices or have visions, it is usually their own self-preservaton instinct, and even though some events are interpreted as miracles by the characters, none of them really is one.
- Toilet Humour: omnipresent.
- Two-Person Pool Party: Lorenzo and the nuns.
- Virginity Makes You Stupid: a possible explanation of Filomena's strong reactions to Dioneo's problems.
- Virgin Tension: mainly with Pampinea, but also Filomena and Dioneo.