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When in Rome Reviews

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September 27, 2016
So funny. Love Kristen and Josh together. Love all the suitors.
August 22, 2016
omg this film's writing was garbage, the acting was fine, but really, they couldn't do much with it.
½ August 13, 2016
quite ok romantic movie
½ August 11, 2016
Pretty good flick, for a chick flick... No spoilers, but had some funny moments, typical love story.... Worth the watch, and for that matter worth adding to the collection.
February 28, 2016
Every woman knows deep down that these kinds of lovey-dovey everything will turn out peachy-keen rom-coms are just a Hollywood farce. Not to be cynical, but every now and then they send us a new agonizingly mechanical happy-happy-joy-joy offering simply to highlight exactly how profoundly preposterous our expectations for romance have become.

Formulaic, contrived and verbally dull, When In Rome's slapstick gags fizzle and misfire into all kind of inappropriate directions. The weak script reflects the jumbled brainstorming growing cringingly worse with each act.

Chronically disillusioned with the sheer concept of romance, an ambitious and bright young Guggenheim curator Beth (Kristen Bell) throws her self into the throngs of her new exhibition entitled PAIN.

Under the sneeringly watchful eye of her demanding taskmaster boss Celeste (Angelica Huston), Beth is expected to deliver nothing less than the season's blockbuster exhibition within next seven days.

Beth is blind-sided, however when her never quiet phone rings and her younger sister Joan (Alexis Daiena) invites Beth to her whirl-wind impromptu wedding due to take place a mere 48 hours later in Rome, Italy.

Dropping everything maid-of-honor Beth dutifully flies to Rome arriving just moments to spare. Struggling clumsily through the lavish and grand proceedings, she suffers from language barriers and cell phone reception withdrawals until best-man and ex footballer-turned-reporter Nick (Josh Duhamel) comes to her aid.

Flirty and feeling a pang of the warm fuzzy love-in-the-air, Beth and Nick look to be well on the way to curing Beth's romantic aversion. However, when a miscommunication leaves Beth vindicated, tippys and paddling in the famous magical "fountain of love" she decides to "save others" from their doomed love wishes and fishes five wishing coins from the fountain daring cupid to stop her.

Returning to New York, Beth continues on with her normal life. However, when she inexplicably receives the unwanted and ridiculous affections of a quartet of bizarre suitors, she comes to realise the significance of the coins and that their owners are now under a spell, desperately smitten, bewitched and obsessed with obtaining her heart.

Pursued in the most disconcerting borderline stalkerish manor, Beth's gaggle of Mr. Wrongs include a goofy and exceptionally creepy street magician Lance (Jon Heder), a preening narcissistic Zoolander-esque male model Gale (Dax Shepard) a moonstruck artist who simply can't paint feet Antonio (Will Arnett) and a 65 year old smallgoods "encased meat" mogul Al (Danny DeVito).

Beth quickly sees her error of judgment, and whilst fleeing all the Mr Wrongs she begins to fret about Mr Right. Convinced the fifth and final chip is Nick's, Beth is despaired by the idea that his affections are simply his part of the love charm. Is Nick really under her spell? Or is he the real thing?

The remarkable coincidence that all of the men seem to be residents of New York adds to the farfetched senselessness. The indestructible genre employs a decidedly Mid-Summer Nights Dream feel drawing modern parallels from the 500 year old Shakespearian story of the misuse of love's elixir. Certainly a number of its characters make asses of themselves.

Many cameos by big-ticket names were squandered by the ridiculousness of the situations. However, Bell and Duhamel had a nice onscreen chemistry and thankfully made this film a little more bearable than other recent similarly utlra-cliched titles The Proposal, New Town and Leap Year.

The Verdict: The essence of fluffy feel-good rom-com was within reach however the writers simply put it on too high of a shelf for this movie and sadly it fall to the ground with a resounding thud.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 30/04/2010
February 14, 2016
It's pretty bad. It has some moments, but it plays it too safe with every trope without being satirical.
½ February 8, 2016
After taking 4 coins out of the Fountain of Love, Beth sees herself surrounded by men who ''love'' her. In the middle of this event, Beth will find her true love, will she be able to recognize it, or think it is just the destiny fooling with her again?
January 11, 2016
Frothy formulaic fun. Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel, supported by a solid ensemble, make for a pleasant diversion.
December 29, 2015
Ihan hauska hömppäleffa. ;) (Suom. When in Rome - Rakkautta Roomassa)
½ December 29, 2015
Sigh. Who needs these films?
August 10, 2015
Just horrible. Terrible.
½ July 27, 2015
Very sweet story about falling in love, is it real or is it magic. It has some very funny scenes but also has a very big heart.
½ July 26, 2015
This was pretty funny. I actually really laughed a couple of times. It was totally unbelievable, and remarkably cheesy, but it's cool for a night in.
½ June 15, 2015
Totally forgettable.
And, why? Why asking Anjelica Huston re-doing the whole Streep's Miranda Priestly thing here again?!!
Super Reviewer
February 17, 2015
Plot is too thin. If you like romantic movies, the type where everything is too good to be true, watch this. If not, rent it and watch at home.
November 20, 2014
A bit silly, but still OK to watch if you're in the right mood...:)
October 28, 2014
Thought this one was very cute. A hug yourself kind of movie.
September 18, 2014
I love Kristen Bell! I think she's so cute and this movie looks just as cute!
½ September 12, 2014
My expectations were pretty low for this one and I was pleasantly surprised based on that. Bell and Duhmel had nice chemistry. The suitors were a bit too over the top (especially Arnett) but it was a fun story.
September 1, 2014
Josh makes this movie. Iconsistencies and all.
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