Sunday, January 30, 2011

Movie Reviews: When in Rome

Did you ever wish for the impossible?

Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson

Written by: David Diamond, David Weissman

Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard

Primary Genres: Comedy; Science Fiction/Fantasy

A career-oriented young woman suddenly finds herself besieged by a number of suitors when she plucks their coins out of a fountain of love in Rome.

When in Rome faithfully follows the romantic comedy standard, albeit with a rather annoyingly bit more slapstick than most, that leaves no one surprised by the ending. Kristen Bell works perfectly as the beautiful, charismatic ingénue, and Josh Duhamel could easily play the romantic lead in every rom/com released in the next ten years. The film is perfectly satisfying for those seeking a little snuggle-up chick flick, but there really is nothing surprising or innovative about it. It serves its purpose but never strives for more, and for that will probably not end up on any of my Cosmique Movie Awards ballots, positive or negative.

My grade: B-

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