When in Rome did not break any box office records, and probably won’t break too many hearts either. But if you are looking for a sweet romance to lighten a summer evening, this one is goofy and fun.
Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Heroes) stars as Beth, the requisite hard-working girl who has no luck with love. Traveling to Rome for her sister’s whirlwind marriage to a man she met just a few weeks ago, she intends to work by phone in order to appease her slave-driver boss (played with one-note steeliness by Angelica Houston). She meets cute with the best man, Nick, played by Josh Duhamel (Transformers), and begins to think that perhaps her luck as changed. But then she sees him with another woman, and decides to take her ire out on the local wishing fountain, where she steals four coins.
Back in New York, four strange men begin to stalk her, sending her flowers, sausages (okay one stalker is Danny Devito, enough said…) and painting her portrait everywhere. In addition, Nick resurfaces (convenient that everyone lives in New York…) and begins to court her as well, adding to this comedy of errors.
Which potential lover is true? Is Nick under a spell or is Beth or are both of them just as unlucky as they are uncoordinated? It won’t take much to untangle this mystery, but as light comedies or farces go, this one is pretty painless. So dive in if you like rom-com or either of these two stars – this film is well worth the $1 fee at Redbox.
Rated two and a half out of five stars. Straight forward, silly romance that could have been much better if the director had let the two stars have more screen time together; these two had chemistry whenever they were in the same scene more than two minutes together. Safe for everyone. No cuss words, no nudity, no sex scenes. Lots of kissing, and men and women acting silly; a film that will bring a smile to your face at least a few times. And some really good shots of the ‘scenery’ inside the Guggenheim. Unfortunately, not enough beauty shots of Rome.
Go here to view the trailer.
Available for rental at these local Redbox locations:
Stop and Shop, Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport
Walgreens, Park Avenue in Bridgeport
Stop and Shop, Villa Avenue, Fairfield
This movie is also available for purchase as a DVD and Blu-Ray at amazon.com
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