Last night's Movie Night movie, Ant Man, was too heterosexist and cliched to even review: Scientist mournng dead wife, Scientist's Daughter falling in love with Superhero, whose Comic Sidekick keeps talking about girls. In a Gay-Free San Francisco.
So it's off to Amazon Prime, and Inspector Manera, an Italian tv series: "The dazzling Guido Caprino stars as Inspector Manera, a dreamy man and his supervisor's worst nightmare."
I've never in my life read a blurb describing a male protagonist as attractive. It's always "That's my boss, Jonathan Hart. He's quite a guy. That's his wife. She's gorgeous!"
The male protagonist is described as "dreamy" and "dazzling." I don't dare imagine that Inspector Manera himself will be gay, but certainly there will be gay representation. And dazzling Italian countryside. I'm in.
.Wait -- the opening shows Manera kissing two women and gazing into the eyes of four, not to mention a slow closeup of a lady's legs. Before I commit to a full hour, I'd better go through it on fast forward.
The plot: Manera starts his job as inspector at a small-town police station, spars with the new lady detective (with whom he has a history), and starts work on his first case: a wealthy professor (there are wealthy professors?) is shot in what is apparently a suicide. But Manera thinks that it was murder. As Boris Badenov would say, Of course is murder! Otherwise be lousy story.
Suspect #1: A lady from town who found the body.
Suspect #2: The professor's gardener (professors have gardeners?) Could she have been secretly in love with him?
Suspect #3: His ex-wife, who broke into the mansion later and took something from his safe. Something incriminating?
Suspect #4: His doctor. who never actually graduated from medical school. Could the professor have threatened to reveal his secret?
Beefcake: Manera takes his shirt off twice. There are a few other cute guys wandering around, but in the background. The main cast is all ladies.
Other Sights: Not nearly enough Italian countryside, and no street scenes in the city.
Women gazing at Manera as if he's a popsicle: 6.
Kissing scenes: Only the fade-out kiss.
Men finding Manera annoying: 4
Male friends: None.
Gay Characters: Two guys hug. One says: "We can't live together anymore." The other: "I want to live with you." Whoops, sorry, it's the murderer being arrested and telling his son, who apparently is mentally challenged, that they can't live together anymore. Not to worry, Manera helpfully drops the son off at the nearest convent, for the sisters to take care of.
Will I Keep Watching: Heck, no: