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Movie Review: When In Rome (2010)

Man and woman standing close to each other with woman biting her finger.Summary:
Beth loves her career as a curator at the Guggenheim, and she’s told her friends that when she meets a man she loves more than her career that’s when she’ll know he’s the one.  She, therefore, is shocked when her sister meets an Italian man on a plane and gets engaged to him two weeks later.  Off to Rome for the wedding, and Beth hits it off with a guy.  But when she sees him kissing an Italian woman, she gets drunk on champagne and takes four coins from the love fountain in front of the wedding.  Uh-oh!  Taking a coin from the fountain makes the thrower fall instantly in love with you, and when Beth gets back to NYC, she winds up with four very determined suitors.

Yes, I actually do watch a chick flick periodically.  😉  This one is quite stereotypical, complete with Beth declaring she’s starving and proceeding to grab a salad to eat.  Oy.  There’s also the usual slap-stick humor, such as the main suitor falling down a hole in the streets of NYC.  It also takes quite a bit of suspension of disbelief to believe that Beth randomly grabbed four coins, all of which happened to have belonged to men.  Uh-huh.  Somehow I feel like the statistics of that actually happening are unlikely.

However, the story itself is a bit unique, what with the inclusion of magic.  Although it’s obvious who Beth will end up with, the way they wind up together was not entirely predictable, so that was nice.  The cinematography is visually very appealing.  For instance, the scene of Beth drunk in the fountain is just gorgeous.

The acting ranges from cringe-inducing to excellent.  Danny DeVito’s presence as one of the suitors really saves the film.  That man is just always so believable in whatever film he’s in.  Kristen Bell, who plays the lead, also does a good job, although the supporting characters are a bit iffy.

Overall, it’s a fun way to pass an hour and a half if you have a soft spot for romcoms and enjoy Italian scenery.

3 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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