Damage control for Berlusconi?(this review contains spoilers)
The best thing about this movie was the soundtrack, which was somewhat dated house/disco.
The movie is split into two fairly disjointed halves. The first half follows the aspirations of the pimp Sergio Morra as he attempts to secure himself a role in the EU parliament. He rents a mansion across the bay from president Silvio Berlusconi and throws a lot of parties with beautiful women in the hope of enticing the president. The first half is basically softcore porn. The music is great and the timeline jumps around, which kept me entertained wondering where it was currently at.
The second half follows Berlusconi as he re-enters politics by bribing 6 senators to sway the vote his way. Sergio's attempts to woo the president are unsuccessful - he does catch the president's eye with his parties, and ends up throwing Berlusconi a party, but the president wants nothing to do with him personally.
This movie would probably make more sense to me if I knew more about Italian politics. I watched it with my girlfriend, mum and grandma and we were wondering afterwards whether it portrayed Berlusconi in a bad enough light or not. To those in the know, maybe the movie even comes across as damage control? He is unashamedly corrupt, but gives the justification that all men in his position are. The movie only alluded to his dealings with the Mafia - it never gave details. And not knowing much about Berlusconi, I can't say if it downplayed his character there. Overall the movie portrayed him as a fairly likeable character - he never loses his temper, smiles quite a lot and is generally good humoured. But of course that is not enough to redeem his criminal acts.