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A pair of young, attractive leads can't overcome When in Rome's reliance on unfunny gags and threadbare rom-com clichés.
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This Italian-themed romcom is not quite the most unspeakably-patronising-to-Italy film of all time. That prize belongs to the musical Nine, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. But it runs a very close second.
I'm not cynical about hope, just the way that romantic comedies exploit it, without necessarily delivering. When in Rome does that to a large degree, even basing its conceit on a wishing well, the ultimate exploitation of hope.
It manages to be reasonably fun, kind of funny and just a little charming, and will be fine to watch with your Disney rom-com loving kids on DVD.
Succeeds only in displaying Bell's lack of comic flair.
It lurches along, making Ms. Bell and Mr. Duhamel look duller than they need to.
How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.
Fun and girly are key adjectives in this movie.
My kind of romantic comedy. It's funny, a bit silly and doesn't try to set the new standard for romance in the genre. It's exactly what you expect, but in a good way.
Most of the troubles come from the painfully unfunny shenanigans of Beth's magic-stricken admirers.
When in Rome never delves deep into anything, but whisks us through the conventions of romantic comedies so quickly there's barely time to groan.
When in Rome is an insipid waste; every ounce of potential has been steadfastly turned away from in order to make a safe little piece of clowning.
[Bell] carries a classic presence and charm that is tough not to like. Yet, at the same time, she does so with a little spunk and sass.
Critics hate it, and I totally get the things they will rip apart, but even with it's generic flaws...I really enjoyed it! I loved every second of it. Kristen Bell is adorable and Josh Duhamel is really likeable. The supporting characters are played by a perfect mix of odd actors like, Danny DeVito and Jon Heder. I also thought there were some genuine funny moments, which are always welcome in a modern rom-com. Oh...nice cameo from the dude that plays Pedro in Naploeon Dynamite!
One thing that I didn't like however was the pacing. I felt like the two main characters met, then they were instantly in love, and then there was immediate conflict. I will admit that I fell for it, but I think the pacing could have been better. I definitely recommend this one though...I liked it!
Silly little romantic comedy.
Yet another adorable romantic comedy :) Kristen Bell is just too cute & a great actress :) :) :)
Josh Duhamel is the very definition of non-personality, and Kristen Bell, who can be quite charming and naughty, came off as very one-note. There were a few moments, but mostly pretty awful.
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