When in Rome

From the pen of The Movie Snob

When in Rome (D+). I planned to give this weak romantic comedy a D, but then I remembered that I gave Leap Year a D, and this movie was slightly less horrible than that one. Truly, all the best bits were in the preview (and a couple of amusing lines in the preview were excised from the movie!). Perky blond Beth (Kristen Bell, Couples Retreat) is a workaholic junior curator at the Guggenheim. She goes to Rome for her little sister’s wedding, and in a state of drunken self-pity she fishes four coins and a poker chip out of the magical Fountain of Love. Four random strangers immediately fall in love with her and start stalking her. So does a hunky and suitable guy she met at her sister’s wedding. Unfunny hijinks ensue. The “twist” ending is visible from miles away. There’s a pretty funny gag involving Jon “Napoleon Dynamite” Heder, who plays one of the unfunny suitors, but it doesn’t make the rest any less painful. Skip it.

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4 comments on “When in Rome

  1. […] (played by Drew Barrymore, E.T.).  Lots of recognizable stars show up, such as Kristen Bell (When in Rome) as a reporter up from Los Angeles, Ted Danson (Three Men and a Baby) as a wicked oil mogul, and […]

  2. […] nerdy Star Trek fans, gay bikers, and Las Vegas escorts. Their one female friend Zoe (Kristen Bell, When in Rome) has to come bail them out of jail and joins them for the rest of the quest. Several familiar folks […]

  3. […] to line up facing each other and strip to their underwear; all four women (including Kristen Bell, When in Rome) have flawless Hollywood figures, while the men range from average (Jason Bateman, Juno) to […]

  4. […] Segel, The Five-Year Engagement) gets dumped by his attractive TV-star girlfriend (Kristen Bell, When in Rome), only to meet and connect with an even more attractive girl (Mila Kunis, The Black […]

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