Saturday, January 30, 2010

When In Rome

An ambitious young New Yorker (Kristen Bell), disillusioned with romance, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of those who threw them in: a sausage magnate (Danny DeVito), a street magician (Jon Heder), an adoring painter and a self-admiring model. But when a charming reporter (Josh Duhamel) pursues her with equal zest, she finds out if the love is real.

My Review: When In Rome is one of those feel-good romcoms that charms you, yet leaves you with an unpleasant taste in your mouth. From the start of the movie, I felt that the dialogue seemed forced and the script and overall story was a tad immature. It felt like one of those projects from the third grade where the student realizes that the project is due on the next day and put odds and ends together to create something sub-par. This is what the movie felt like. If it wasn't for the charm of the two stars, the entire film would be impossible. It definitely was not a great way to kick off 2010 in film, but in a way, it was. The awkwardness of the story was able to be overlooked when the stars charmed their way through the hour and a half. 1 and a half out of 4 stars.

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