Raunchy teen comedy meets the Black Plague in David Leland's take on literary classic The Decameron. Hayden Christensen stars as 14th-century lothario Lorenzo, who falls for the beautiful Pampinea (Mischa Barton) as they escape to the Italian countryside. But Lorenzo's got competition from the evil Gerbino (Tim Roth) and the obsessed Count Dzerzhinsky (Matthew Rhys), both of whom want to claim the chaste maiden as their own.
I remember watching many of the classic swashbucklers from the past and they were entertaining movies so I was eager to watch this comedy hoping for the same results or at least close to the same. First and foremost this is a comedy and I found it to be a very amusing one, there was a few times when I was laughing so hard I nearly fell out of my chair. Hayden Christensen is excellent as the lead and handles the comedy as well as his sword very well, much better than previous actors who have tried out the genre in recent years. Mischa Barton is looking as beautiful as ever as a historical figure, the rest of the cast are excellent as well including Tim Roth but he seems to always be brilliant in any film he is in. I have to say it is not without its flaws but for a simple story it does have enough fun and plenty of charm to make up for them. What Virgin Territory offers it delivers on, you have comedy, romance and some dashing fight scenes so there is a lot to like about this film. A fast paced highly entertaining movie that I can easily recommend to any fan and the good side is there is a nice mix of genres here to please just about anyone and the film has an ending that is perfect for it. Released by Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. *** 1/2 Out Of *****