Vicky and Cristina are two American friends, excited to be staying in Spain for the summer. Despite their close friendship, they both take extremely different approaches to their vacation. Vicky, engaged to the boring but sweet Doug, is mostly there to sightsee; she has no interest in engaging in wild and crazy European nights. Cristina, however, fancies herself to be a free spirit, potentially an artist, and wants to explore new opportunities while overseas and far from her normal life. One night, at an art show, they meet Juan Antonio, a sexy painter who is said to have inspired violence from his passionate ex-wife-- a trait that concerns Vicky but intrigues Cristina. That night, he sees them having dinner, and he invites them to go with him to his villa for a weekend of art, drinking and making love. Vicky absolutely doesn't want to go, but Cristina is extremely interested and insistent upon going. Vicky eventually concedes to Cristina's will, if only to watch over her and keep her out of trouble. When they go, Vicky refuses to stay with Juan Antonio and Cristina, since she is an engaged woman. Cristina is excited at the prospect of sleeping with Juan Antonio, but she gets food poisoning before they can go at it. While Cristina is bed-ridden for the next couple of days, Vicky reluctantly spends it with Juan Antonio, seeing the sights, and she slowly starts to change her mind about him as they get to know one another. They sleep together and then go back to their original vacation, Vicky never telling Cristina what happened. When Vicky gets Doug to join her in Spain to get married, and Cristina starts a relationship with Juan Antonio, Vicky must cope with her feelings of jealousy, while Cristina must learn to embrace her new bohemian lifestyle with her boyfriend and his ex-wife, both living together and sleeping with her.
Best part of story, including ending:
This is one of Woody Allen's best of the last decade. It's a lovely romantic comedy that manages to satirize the people within it with a sardonic voiceover narration.
Best scene in story:
Vicky's conversations with Doug are very funny, because while he's a nice guy, he's so boring that you can't help but laugh-- Chris Messina does a great job as Doug.
Opinion about the main character:
Vicky is like most of us: longs to be like her more exciting friends, but she's trying to come to terms with the fact that she may be more boring than she wanted to be.