Pietro (Edoardo Leo) is let go from his university job, and is seriously stuck for money. After an evening out with one of his students, he realises there is a serious amount of money to be made by circumventing the law and creating legal, high. Soon, Pietro has recruited his former university colleagues who have fallen on hard times, but the drug game may not be as straightforward as they thought.
If, by now, you have put together the idea that I Can Quit Whenever I Want feels heavily influenced by Breaking Bad, then you’d be right. Happily, however, the film is also rather funny, over the top and fun, although it may not break any new ground.
The cast do well in their roles, and bring the humour, drama and frenetic energy to the film. There are times when it seems like they are speaking at a rate of knots and the subtitles are just zipping across the screen, but once the rhythm of the film has been established, this becomes less of an issue.
The screenplay, written by Valerio Attanasio, Valerio Attanasio, Andrea Garello and Sydney Sibilia is, as mentioned, obviously influenced by Breaking Bad, but there are many nice touches throughout that make the film stand alone. The comedy is along the lines of slapstick, but this works for the heightened and unrealistic feel of the film.
Director Sydney Sibilia blends comedy and drama together well throughout the film and, even though there are times when the pace feels a little manic, manages to keep the film in check for the most part. There are also some great soundtrack choices, which back up the idea that this is an unrealistic world, including songs from The Offspring.
In all, I Can Quit Whenever I Want is a familiar story told in a satirical and amusing manner. There is nothing especially new here, but there are plenty of laughs to be had in this Italian drug/crime comedy.