The ad for the film goes “When life dishes you lemons…” The film’s lead character is sure dished out a whole lot of lemons. Guido (Nick Mancuso), a lecturer at the University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is given one mission by his recent deceased father, who keeps appearing as a ghost speaking in broken English with an Italian accent.
Guido is to spread his ashes in the lemon groves of Sicily, while reunite two feuding families. Hopefully while doing the mission, he will also discover the heart and soul of who he really is and maybe win the heart of a beautiful Sicilian (Rosella Brescia). If all this sounds like quite serious stuff, it isn’t as director Hildebrand is more interested in cheap clownish Italian humour. Mancuso portrays Guido as quite the clown and even the ghost of the father is quite the goof.
Lots of manic situations and Italian gestures. A message here is to preserve old languages which is what the professor teaches to his sleepy and uninterested room of students. Hildebrand does manage to get some good solid laughs from his comedic set-ups. Any messages on preservation of language or doing good are lost in Hildebrand’s fondness for clownish humour.