A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive messages include believing in the importance of love, putting personal relationships first, and trusting that not every relationship will end just because you've been hurt before or are the child of divorced parents. On the negative side, the movie makes light of somewhat creepy male behavior.
Positive Role Models
Beth is a successful, hardworking art curator who cares about her job -- though she's also somewhat stereotypically depicted. Nick is a generous, determined guy who treats Beth well.
Violence & Scariness
Several pratfalls, all of them comedic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several passionate kisses, mostly between the leads, and some sexual innuendo. A newlywed couple makes out while they're both shirtless (though she has an apron covering up her front). A man loves to show off his body and frequently takes off his shirt in public.
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A few uses of "damn" and "hell" and some exclamations along the lines of "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Product placements include the following brands: Apple, BlackBerry, The Daily News, and Christian Louboutin. The Guggenheim Museum, where Beth works, is prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of champagne drinking at a wedding reception, where Beth gets drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this romantic comedy depicts enchanted suitors who -- under a magical spell -- basically stalk a woman in a bid for her love. Although there's no explicit sexuality, there are several passionate kisses, and in 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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