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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.

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common sense

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

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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

About five minutes and five painfully unfunny jokes into When in Rome, thought I was in for a real dud. I can't say that I was "disappointed", because my initial expectations for the movie didn't go beyond seeing Kristen Bell be cute and adorable. Without her, it would have been awful. With her, it's mediocre with bearable moments of an attractive woman being on screen. I'd say that I chuckled maybe three times during the movie. It's thankfully too short to be tedious, despite the fact that the story is as generic and predictable as they come. Even a thirteen year old girl would be rolling her eyes at the idea that the two lead characters fall in "love" over the course of a few days and four or five meetings. Shallow, insipid, and trite are a few of the many descriptive words that came to mind as I watched this. Being a fan of a particular actor or actress can lead one to watch things that normally wouldn't keep your attention as an in-flight movie, and that's certainly the case here. I recommend When in Rome to only the most hardcore fans of Kristen (or Duhamel, for the ladies), or to those who enjoy even the most anemic romantic comedies. I'm giving it a higher score than it deserves, because Bell is just that charming. Which makes wonder how it could have been if she had been attached to a an actual decent movie.

- lewiskendell, Wednesday, June 16, 2010

1 star

Kristen Bell deserves so much better than this. It's not just that this is another cliche-filled romantic comedy. I'm okay with those, just as an action flick can just be mindless popcorn fun - not every film needs to be high art. But no, this is bad even by rom-com standards. The plot is fairly ridiculous, and yes, filled with cliched dialogue. The suitors are over-the-top caricatures, void of any humor whatsoever... Especially Jon Heder (as always), who needs to quit acting ASAP. Duhamel is fairly likable, but here is forced to play this clumsy buffoon. His part could have been fine, but they seemed to think adding slapstick would make it more entertaining (It didn't). As for Kristen, well... she was fine. Despite the crap she was given to work with, she still manages to charm. Spotting the film an extra star for Bell is the only reason it didn't rate 1 lonely star. Given a proper vehicle like Sandra Bullock had with While You Were Sleeping, Bell could easily break through to be the next big thing. But if she keeps picking projects like these, she'll be back on TV in no time. (and maybe next time don't pick the romantic comedy directed by the guy who did Daredevil and Ghost Rider)

- shiftyeyeddog, Friday, June 18, 2010

1 star

some funny parts but very few. C-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Friday, June 25, 2010