Box art for When in Rome

When in Rome

  • Rated PG13

comedy, romance


Bring home the must-own romantic comedy of the year, filled with wildly funny twists and turns! When Beth, an unlucky-in-love New York curator, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome for her sister's wedding, an unexpected crush takes her by surprise.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    16%
  • Audience Score
    41%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5

Teen-appeal actors disappoint in stereotypical romcom.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy depicts enchantedsuitors who -- under a magical spell -- basically stalk a woman in a bid for her love. Althoughthere's no explicit sexuality, there are several passionate kisses, andin one scene newlyweds appear topless except for an apron, which hides sensitive spots. There are a few comedic pratfalls, but no serious violence, and a few product placements that are obvious but not over-the-top. As is the case with many romantic comedies, the protagonist is a stereotype of a workaholic woman in search of love.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the theme of real love versus unrequited infatuation. Does following someone you like around, sending them presents, and trying to force them to return your feelings work? Are the spellbound suitors funny, or do they seem creepy? What would teens do if this happened in real life?
  • What romantic-comedy stereotypes appear in this movie?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    16%
    reviews counted: 2
    see all When in Rome reviews
  • Audience

    41%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It manages to be reasonably fun, kind of funny and just a little charming, and will be fine to watch with your Disney rom-com loving kids on DVD.

- Giles Hardie, Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Succeeds only in displaying Bell's lack of comic flair.

- Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

This was savaged by critics when it came out as the worst kind of contrived nonsense and while it is contrived and silly there are surely worse film around even worse romantic comedies. At least has a pleasant lead actress in Kristen Bell, a handsome and charming leading man and Angelica Huston doing her acidic best in a few brief scenes. As Bell's parents Peggy Lipton looks great but Don Johnson is a frightful sight.

- jjnxn, Thursday, October 21, 2010

2 stars

A bit dull...

- LitelBluHli, Thursday, August 12, 2010

1 star

That one star is for Josh Duhamel cause he looks awesome her, the rest is just a big MEH.

- citawijaya, Wednesday, August 11, 2010