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When In Rome
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Danny De Vito, Jon Heder
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Kiddie Movie: Maybe tweens.
Date Movie: My BFF was not a fan.
Gratuitous Sex: Hinted at.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Nah.
Memorable Scene: Nothing.
Memorable Quote: Nah.
Directed By: Marc Steven Johnson

Cool Things About the DVD

Learn French! It's got your standard English, French, and Spanish.
Buy a New TV! You know, you don't really need one even if it would look better.
Buy a New Stereo! And sounding better won't help this movie, either.
Anything Else! The Blu-ray has some extra features, including alternate opening and closing scenes, extended scenes that didn't need extending, and more stuff that was deleted, and unless you somehow really like this movie, you probably won't care.

When In Rome
A Movie/Blu-ray Review

 

DVD Rated - PG-13

It's 1:31 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I generally like Kristen Bell; I kinda think Josh Duhamel can be okay in a romantic comedy; I’ve never seen “Napoleon Dynamite” but hear that Jon Heder is very funny in it, and he is funny in “Blades of Glory;” And I wonder how Danny De Vito and Angelica Houston became a part of the cast of “When in Rome” because, in the end, this is one mess of a movie – and that’s too bad because the premise sounds kind of cute.

Let’s start with the story…

Kristen Bell is Beth.  She’s a hard worker who never seems to find the man of her dreams.  Her sister is getting married in Italy and even though she is having issues at work, Beth goes to Italy, and yes, while there, she meets a guy that she likes, Nick, (Duhamel).  But at her sister’s wedding things don’t go that well, a little alcohol is involved, and then Beth decides to steal coins that people threw into the “Fountain of Love.”   The problem is that in the mystical world, if you steal coins from this fountain, then the dudes will fall in love with you.

So, Beth, wondering if things could work with her and Nick, suddenly finds herself being stalkingly romanced by creepy dudes who somehow were able to find where Beth lives, and in the realm of weirdness, and the mystical, the only way for Beth to get rid of the men is to give the coin back to the respective owner, or throw them back in the fountain. Oh no, what to do?

And, guess what, she is worried Nick only likes her because of a coin, she is creeped out by the likes of Danny De Vito hitting on her, and funny is supposed to ensue, only it doesn’t ensue, in fact, calculated romantic comedy fare takes place, and even though I sometimes like a generic romantic comedy, this movie just didn’t work.

It’s like the movie folks wanted a nice romantic comedy mixed with one of those kiddie movies where people change bodies, ala “The Parent Trap,” and thought it would be funny. Maybe if Beth only took out one coin and wondered if it were Nick’s, thus questioning their love until she found out it wasn’t his coin, then maybe the story could have worked, but for me the story got mixed in a mess of goofy dudes trying to woo our heroine, and instead of being sweet, it just seemed creepy and weird.

So, sadly, I can’t really recommend “When In Rome,” and my BFF didn’t like it either, so, in the end, it’s 1 star out of 5 for the movie.  Even the extras don’t save this one because the blooper laughs weren’t even as funny as the unfunny jokes going on in the movie.  I hate giving a bad review, and maybe a tween girl might like this one, but for me and my BFF, this one is better left on the rental shelf.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

 

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