I have always wondered what prompted the script writers to come up with that quote. Was Bucharest really that boring? I may finally have my answer but with a twist to the tale. Apparently, 'Polenta does not explode', was a catchphrase in Bucharest because it summed up the meek nature of society there.
Not anymore though, protests are taking place in the same vein as the Arab Spring demonstrations because the people of Bucharest are fed up with their country's (Romania) president, Traian Basescu, for his alleged mismanagement of the economy. At the weekend protesters shouted, 'Get out you miserable dog' and threw paving stones and smoke bombs at riot police.
For a city that was once known as the 'Paris of the East' and for provoking such a memorable line in a very funny movie I pray for peace in Bucharest.