To Rome with Love

  • Review Date: June 20, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 111 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Allen lauds Rome in neurotic but teen-friendly comedy.
  • Review Date: June 20, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 111 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Everyone's lost in a neurotic fog, but some characters are more lost than others. Eventually, some find their way.

Positive role models

Almost everyone in To Rome with Love is a neurotic mess, though some are straining to wrestle their demons (not always with much success).

Violence

Yelling and screaming; one woman draws a knife on a man, but it's done in a comical and cartoonish manner.

Sex

Sexual references/jokes. Kissing and making out; husbands and wives cheat on each other, which is sometimes accepted as a given. A woman is shown putting on her underwear.

Language

Relatively infrequent use of words including "f--k" (said once), "s--t," "bulls--t," "damn," "hell," "oh my God," etc.

Consumerism

Brand/labels seen or mentioned include Alitalia, Canon, and Ambien.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of social drinking, from beer to wine to hard liquor. One character pops pills.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Woody Allen's ensemble comedy To Rome with Love deals largely with relationship absurdities -- the way we sabotage our connections and get in our own way --- and so may be more interesting to older teens and adults than to younger viewers. Expect cheeky, sexually tinged humor, some swearing (a few "s--t"s and one use of "f-ck"), drinking as a social lubricant, and a healthy dose of Allen's trademark angst.

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What's the story?

Woody Allen joins his ensemble in TO ROME WITH LOVE, a wooly but witty meditation on love and identity set in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An architect (Alec Baldwin), rich and famous from building malls, revisits the romantic folly of his youth; a young man (Jesse Eisenberg) meets his fiancee's (Greta Gerwig) sexy-dangerous friend (Ellen Page), and promptly falls in love; a retired recording industry exec (Allen) discovers an unlikely opera star in the form of his daughter's soon-to-be father-in-law (Fabio Armiliato); an Italian worker bee (Roberto Benigni) gets a shot of fame; a newlywed gets sidetracked by a beguiling prostitute (Penelope Cruz); and then some.

Is it any good?

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It's no Midnight in Paris, but To Rome with Love acquits itself well enough. It's certainly beautiful to look at, and the vignettes are amusing. (Some, including one that's a commentary on the nature of fame in the 21st century, are even insightful.) It's nice to see Allen pushing the absurdity once more, with one set piece featuring a literal shower singer. He stars in it, too, and his presence onscreen makes fans feel two things at once: first, how lovely it is to see him once more, as it's been far too long, and, second, how disappointing that, though entertaining, To Rome with Love doesn't quite have the heft of Allen's previous masterpieces (Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Purple Rose of Cairo). (And when will he return to New York City? His European excursions are beginning to feel like an overlong vacation.)

Still, To Rome with Love is better than most of Allen's recent films, the brilliant Midnight in Paris excepted. And the ensemble is very strong. Plus, we glimpse the writer-director's genius commentary in a plotline involving an Italian everyman (played to perfection by Benigni) who becomes famous simply because the media decides he's interesting. That storyline alone is almost worth the price of entry.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about To Rome with Love's messages about relationships. How does it portray love and marriage? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding relationships.

  • What is the movie saying about the nature of fame in the 21st century? What role does media play in that?

  • How are Americans portrayed in this movie? Do you think it's a fair/accurate depiction?

  • Are you familiar with any of Allen's early work? Which filmmakers have stood the test of time?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 22, 2012
DVD release date:January 15, 2013
Cast:Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, Woody Allen
Director:Woody Allen
Studio:Sony Pictures Classics
Genre:Comedy
Run time:111 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:some sexual references

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Parent of a 13 year old Written bycolten97 October 11, 2012
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Thank you Woody and long life!!!

It's the most laughable film that Woody Allen made late years. I love and seen all his works and he is my favorite director exactly. "To Rome with love" is remarkable situation comedy and Woody Allen have always done similar films with peculiar brilliance and charm. I seem I laughed in a theater louder than everybody. Woody Allen as always a great, witty and in his fine creative form. I have been very glad to see his on a screen and his performance with Judy Davis was one of the most funny in that beautiful movie. Almost many thanks to Woody for luxurious cast, particularly for Ornella Muti and Roberto Benigni. For me "To Rome with love" is the best comedy this summer that raised my mood to the cosmic heights. Thank you Woody and long life.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byBestPicture1996 July 16, 2012
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A very weak R-rating

This movie could have been PG-13 had it taken away just one f-bomb, but Woody Allen is very particular about people changing his words, so I guess they just slapped it with an R; the movie is certainly PG-13 material. As for the actual movie, it's not Woody's best, and Ellen Page's character really drove me nuts. Only see if you're a die-hard fan of Woody, and even then prepared to be a little let down.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent Written byShivom Oza September 6, 2012
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To Rome With Love (2012) Review by Shivom Oza – Vintage Woody, Benigni And Baldwin!

Woody Allen films do not have the ‘perfect’ narrative. The screenplay isn’t always logical, so to speak. The performances can go a bit over-the-top at times too. However, it is the charm that the director brings to his films. No one can capture a picturesque city as beautifully as Allen does. The way his ‘Match Point’ encapsulated London’s elegance, ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ emanated the serenity of the Spanish locations and ‘Midnight In Paris’ showed the eternal romanticism of the city, is unparalleled. Woody Allen, in the film ‘To Rome With Love’, wonderfully captures the Italian capital. Within the historic city, there are instances which are life-changing and yet, innocuous. Although, not in the same league as Woody Allen’s previous films, the film is a must-watch for his fans. The film, even if a bit long and tedious for the viewer, does pack some wonderful moments. Definitely recommend a DVD-watch, if not in a theatre. The film has four parallel stories; a well-known American architect John (Alec Baldwin) encountering a young couple, Jack (Jesse Eisenberg) and Sally (Greta Gerwig), and their irresistibly attractive friend Monica (Ellen Page), and becoming an active part of their daily lives and romantic liaisons; an average middle class Roman Leopoldo (Roberto Benigni) escalating from the position of a clerk to an overnight celebrity; a newlywed couple - Antonio (Alessandro Tiberi) and Milly (Alessandra Mastronardi) hooking up with the sensuous call-girl Anna (Penélope Cruz) and the Italian superstar Luca Salta (Antonio Albanese) respectively; and an American opera director Jerry (Woody Allen) trying to revive his flagging career. Confused? You shouldn’t be, because most of Woody Allen’s films have such a premise. The film slows down considerably when too much of time is dedicated to a particular track. Although the way Rome forms such a wonderful backdrop to these intricate stories is magnificent, the scenes do drag a bit more than you would expect. This film is full of exceptional moments. Be it Benigni revelling in his newfound popularity, Allen’s circumspect silence, Baldwin’s deadpan expressions, Eisenberg’s trademark dialogue delivery, Ellen Page’s range, Penelope’s audaciousness or the brilliant efforts put in by the rest of the cast, the film excels in the acting department. The scenes are a bit too long, but the dialogues are so delightful that you’d still let out a guffaw! Woody Allen’s films are more about moments and less about impeccable narratives. However, ‘To Rome With Love’ slips during the second half. The pugnacity with which the initial half of the film is made, is found missing in the second half. It takes too long for all the tracks to reach their logical conclusion. Director Woody Allen, who also wrote the film, does not show the same form that he did with his ‘Midnight In Paris’. However, the film could have been a lot more monotonous had it been made by any other filmmaker. Woody, doubling up as an actor, manages to lift the film at crucial junctures. Woody Allen fans will like it. For those who haven’t watched a single Allen film, you could give this a shot after watching a couple of his ‘noteworthy’ films. Woody, Benigni and Baldwin, watch it for the legends! Shivom Oza
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Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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