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When in Rome

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen-appeal actors disappoint in stereotypical romcom.

Movie PG-13 2010 91 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 14+

A great romantic comedy

Comedy is more predominant than romance, unlike most romantic comedies. The leads are reasonably charming and the movie is entertaining almost all the way.
age 14+

When in Rome and there is nothing italian about it

Did they make at least a minimum research of the real italian culture?not even a little. The "Italian" wedding had nothing italian! The vase, the dancers, I don't even know where's that from, I"m guessing grece but I"m not even sure. NO ITALIAN DOES EVER HAD A WEDDING LIKE THAT. I mean, if u want to make a film about Italy get your information right first. Sincerely, a married italian

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (31 ):

Director Mark Steven Johnson deserves an award for wasting the talents of so many comic actors. The supporting actors are all much, much funnier in their other films, and the screenplay is so formulaic that even a fifth grader could guess what's bound to happen. Yes, Bell is adorable and Duhamel is hunky, but their looks alone can't save this utterly predictable and gag-inducing sappy story.

WHEN IN ROME is further proof that it's nearly impossible to find an original, memorable romantic comedy. The entire genre has been diluted into a series of stereotypes (including the over-dependence on cities like Rome and New York) and plot bunnies unworthy of undergraduate screenwriting courses. It's not that romantic comedies aren't worth watching as a whole (although the truly remarkable ones are getting rarer and rarer), but this one sure isn't.

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