Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Maya Rudolph, Jim Gaffigan, Marco Barricelli, Saverio Raimondo
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Disney and Pixar’s animated family adventure directed by Enrico Casarosa. Luca (2021) is set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera and follows Luca (Jacob Tremblay), a young boy who experiences an unforgettable summer and shares these adventures with his newfound friend, Giulia (Emma Berman). But all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret, he is a sea monster from another world just below the ocean’s surface.
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Our Favorite Quote:'Walking is just like swimming. But without fins. Or a tail. And also, there's no water. Otherwise, it's like the exact same thing.' - Alberto Scorfano (Luca) Click To Tweet
Luca Paguro: Monalisa, why are you smiling?
Daniela Paguro: [referring to humans, to Luca] They’re here to do murders. So, I’m just making sure you know.
Daniela Paguro: When I was a kid, we’d go weeks without seeing a boat. And let me tell you, they did not have motors. Just a sweaty land monster with a paddle.
Lorenzo Paguro: [referring to the crab] Don’t look her in the eye!
Luca Paguro: Sorry.
Lorenzo Paguro: But don’t apologize. She can sense weakness.
Luca Paguro: Where do boats come from?
Grandma Paguro: The land monster town. Just above the surface. I beat a guy at cards there once.
Luca Paguro: I was just curious.
Daniela Paguro: Yeah, well, the curious fish gets caught. We do not talk, think, discuss, contemplate, or go anywhere near the surface! Got it?
Alberto Scorfano: [as Luca turns into his human form] First time?
Luca Paguro: Of course it is! I’m a good kid!
Alberto Scorfano: Hey, relax. Breathe.
Alberto Scorfano: [as Luca struggles to put his head above the water] Wow. That was hard to watch.
Luca Paguro: It feels like it’s still there.
Alberto Scorfano: Yeah, that’s called phantom tail. You’ll get used to it.
Alberto Scorfano: [to Luca] Right. Walking. Don’t worry, you’re in luck. I basically invented it. To start, stack everything one on top of the other. Like a pile of rocks.
Alberto Scorfano: [to Luca] Now, walking is just like swimming. But without fins. Or a tail. And also, there’s no water. Otherwise, it’s like the exact same thing.
Alberto Scorfano: Just take a step without even thinking about it. No, no, no, don’t think about it.
Luca Paguro: I don’t know how to not think about something.
Alberto Scorfano: [as he greets Luca in Italian] It’s a human thing. I’m kind of an expert.
Luca Paguro: What does it mean? The thing you just said?
Alberto Scorfano: Everything good is above the surface.
Luca Paguro: Like what else?
Alberto Scorfano: Air! Gravity! Also known as falling! The sky. Clouds. The sun! Woh! Don’t look at it! Just kidding. Definitely look at it.
Luca Paguro: [referring to the poster of the scooter] What’s that?
Alberto Scorfano: Oh, it’s just the greatest thing that humans ever made. The Vespa. You just sit on it, and it takes you anywhere you want to go. In the whole stinking world!
Luca Paguro: “Vespa is freedom.”
Luca Paguro: [to Alberto] If my parents found out I was up here, oof. It would be bad. So, thank you. But, goodbye. Forever.
Alberto Scorfano: [referring to the scooter] You ready to ride it?
Luca Paguro: Oh, well. Thank you, but no thank you. I mean, I just think maybe I would die.
Alberto Scorfano: Okay, I’ll ride it.
Fisherman: [to the speedboat going past them] What’s wrong with you, stupido?!
Alberto Scorfano: I know your problem. You’ve got a Bruno in your head.
Luca Paguro: A Bruno?
Alberto Scorfano: Yeah. I get one too sometimes. “Alberto, you can’t. Alberto, you’re going to die. Alberto, don’t put that in your mouth.” Luca, it’s simple. Don’t listen to stupid Bruno.
Luca Paguro: Why is his name Bruno?
Alberto Scorfano: Shut him up. Say, “Silenzio, Bruno!”
Luca Paguro: Silenzio, Bruno.
Alberto Scorfano: Louder! “Silenzio, Bruno!”
Luca Paguro: Silenzio, Bruno.
Alberto Scorfano: “Silenzio, Bruno!”
Luca Paguro: Silenzio, Bruno!
Alberto Scorfano: Can you still hear him?
Luca Paguro: Nope! Just you!
Luca Paguro: [referring to the stars] What are all those tiny lights?
Alberto Scorfano: Anchovies. They go there to sleep.
Luca Paguro: Really?
Alberto Scorfano: [referring to the moon] Yeah. And the big fish protects them. I touched it once. I don’t know, it felt like a fish.
Luca Paguro: Have you ever gone to the human town?
Alberto Scorfano: Yeah! Uh. No. But, but my dad told me all about it. So, I’m pretty much an expert.
Luca Paguro: Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a real Vespa?
Alberto Scorfano: Yeah. That’s the dream.
Uncle Ugo: [referring to the deep] Sure, there’s no sunlight, but there’s nothing to see anyway. Or do. It’s just you and your thoughts, and all the whale carcass you can eat. Little bits of it just float into your mouth. You can’t stop it. You can’t see it.
Luca Paguro: They’re sending me to the deep! To live with my weird see-through uncle!
Luca Paguro: Could we even survive over there?
Alberto Scorfano: You and me, we can do anything. We’d swim right over to Vespatown, track down Signor Vespa.
Luca Paguro: Wait. Do you really think there’s a Signor Vespa?
Alberto Scorfano: Makes sense, right?
Luca Paguro: Yes. Continue.
Alberto Scorfano: Luca, think about it. Every day, we’ll ride someplace new, and every night, we’ll sleep under the fish. No one to tell us what to do. Just you and me out there. Free.
Alberto Scorfano: Hey, you do it now. Just say the thing.
Luca Paguro: [to the two elder village women] Madams. What’s wrong with you, stupido?
[the women gasp and smack them over the head with their umbrellas]
Luca Paguro: Maybe I said it wrong?