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Happily married couple Luca (Flavio Furno) and Sara (Marta Gastini) are having over a group of friends for dinner. As they gather, they argue for and against the existence of soulmates, and Luca agrees to tell a story that may help push them in one direction or the other. Some time ago, Luca and Sara have single friends Giulia (Matilde Gioli), Dario (Giuseppe Maggio), Matteo (Matteo Martari), and Chiara (Ilenia Pastorelli) over for lunch at their new home. The couple plans to set the pairs up with who they believe are good matches, and initially, we see Dario and Giulia flirtatiously hit it off, while Matteo and Chiara get caught up in a romance. Before we get too swept up in these respective love stories, however, we cut to another version of these relationships.
In a parallel story, Matteo and Giulia build something beautiful, while Dario and Chiara butt heads while harboring feelings for one another. We slowly begin to understand that these different couples make total sense for the different seasons of life these individuals are experiencing, thus confusing the definition of soulmates as one might understand it. In the process of showing us all the “what ifs?” and everything in between, Four to Dinner seeks to establish a new meaning for the word.
he idea of Four to Dinner is an intriguing one, one that we’ve seen play out in romcoms many times over; are soulmates real? Or is everything a matter of timing? Four to Dinner argues that both statements might be true; we have multiple soulmates, and our need for them depends on the season of life we’re experiencing. Unfortunately, the film’s structure doesn’t do it many favors; the shifting between each love story plays as a more confusing experience than it does a meaningful one, and by the end, we’re left scratching our heads a bit about what it was all for. Issues with the story and the script aside, however, the cast – particularly the four at the center of this whole thing – is wonderful, imbuing their scenes together and apart with believable emotion and warm laughter. Each of the couples bring something unique and compelling to the table, whether it’s sizzling chemistry or repressed sexual tension. Even with its strong cast, Four to Dinner is watchable, but it’s ultimately forgettable, weighed down by its aimless structure and confused script.