When in Rome


When in Rome

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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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Kristen Bell steps into the romantic comedy realm with When in Rome, a Buena Vista production following a lonely woman's good fortune with the opposite sex after swiping a few coins from a wishing fountain while on a vacation in Rome. Mark Steven Johnson directs from a script by David Diamond and David Weissman, with Danny DeVito, Jon Heder, and Dax Shepard co-starring as some of the hopeful suitors.

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Will Arnett
as Antonio
Jon Heder
as Lance
Peggy Lipton
as Priscilla
Luca Calvani
as Umberto
Keir O'Donnell
as Priest (Father Dino)
Judith Malina
as Umberto's Grandma
Lee Pace
as Brady Sacks
Natalie Joy Johnson
as Secretary (Madge)
Brian Golub
as Secretary (Chaz)
Charlie Sanders
as Poker Player
Eugene Cordero
as Poker Player
Eric Zuckerman
as Hansom Cab Driver
Valentina Roma
as Nick's Date
Carlo Giuliano
as Wedding Guest #1
Tommaso Matelli
as Wedding Guest #2
Ebony Jo-Ann
as Customer
Carlo D'Amore
as Italian Translator
Geoffrey Cantor
as Dr. Moscowitz
Abe Goldfarb
as Executive
J.T. Arbogast
as Executive
David Lee
as Himself
Brian Kenny
as Himself
Gloia Colonello
as Wedding Guest #3
John Mainieri
as Man in Elevator
George Deihl Jr.
as News Reporter
Brook Whitmore
as Guggenheim Party Bartender
Bing Putney
as Guggenheim Party Waiter
Elizabeth Olin
as Guggenheim Party Girl #1
Jessica Howell
as Guggenheim Party Girl #2
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Critic Reviews for When in Rome

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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.

Jun 25, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 22, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Succeeds only in displaying Bell's lack of comic flair.

Apr 22, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

It lurches along, making Ms. Bell and Mr. Duhamel look duller than they need to.

Jan 29, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/5

How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.

Jan 29, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for When in Rome

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!

Jameson Worley
Jameson Worley

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Silly little romantic comedy.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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Yet another adorable romantic comedy :) Kristen Bell is just too cute & a great actress :) :) :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

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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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Jennifer Xu

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