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
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
Consumerism
3 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
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  • 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

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

2 stars

I sort of want to rate this higher simply because everyone else has given it such crappy ratings and reviews. Personally, I didn't think it was bad at all. Shallow and obvious? Absolutely! But without naming any names (yes, I'm looking at you The Proposal) it didn't seem like When in Rome was any worse than others of its kind that have been well-recieved. Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel are both goofy and charming; and I have to admit that the most memorable part of the film was Lee Pace's big scene, which lasted all of about a minute. I really think that you can tell that this was aimed at a younger audience (primarily teenagers) Both of our heros are young, gorgeous people, with jobs they love, supportive friends, etc. The one thing they lack? True love! And of course that little problem will be resolved by the end of the film. The storyline itself also has more of a novelty/fantasy ring to it. Plus, there is also the matter that the director felt the need to have 3OH!3 and Katy Perry blaring within the first 90 seconds. Still, for a light comedy, it does everything it should. The time went fast and it made me laugh a bit. Really, I think that is enough of an accomplishment.

- neverteaseaweasel, Thursday, July 22, 2010

3 stars

I was expecting a little more from this movie, that 'When In Rome' wouldn't be just an ordinary romantic comedy... But the truth, it was really ordinary... And the thing that disturbing was the bloopers they made here, I was totally disappointed... But the whole movie was entertains me, especially Kirsten Bell's performance, so average rating is a win-win solution...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Saturday, July 17, 2010