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“When in Rome” {Blu-ray}
Wayne Klein
Studio: Touchstone Home Video
Release Date:
Special Features:

Deleted scenes, alternate opening/closing, featurette, music videos


Kristen Bell has an enjoyable screen presence which makes it painful for me to point out that “When in Rome” despite having some amusing moments is…less than magic. Beth (Bell) is a career driven woman who laments the fact that she hasn’t found love…in her spare time which is never. When she finds out that her ex is getting married along with her younger sister on the same day she’s a bit…well distressed. Beth just can’t find that balance between work and life. When she travels to Italy for her sister’s wedding she meets and falls for the best man Nick (Josh Duhamel). Except that she sees him kissing another woman which leads to her drunkenly wading into a fountain and taking out coins that others threw in hoping for love. They get it and so does she when four of the men a business man (Danny DeVito), a street magician (Jon Heder), a painter (Will Arnett) and a self involved model (Dax Shepard) all fall in love with her and follow her back to New York. On top of that Nick keeps phoning her and she believes she may have his poker chip and that he is only interested in her because she possesses it. ***

“When in Rome” isn’t brilliant, it’s not boring but it’s certainly lacking in the magical chemistry that one expects from these type of romantic comedies. The entire cast is delightful even when the material isn’t.

Image & Sound:

At least the film looks nice. The BD transfer looks nice with a warm cast to it and crisp images. The film was prepared with a digital intermediate which means that the image hasn’t degraded. ***

Audio sounds fine but keep in mind that this is primarily dialogue driven.

Special Features:

What we really need is a featurette that focuses on how inane crap like this gets made. It certainly looks like something that was written by someone with a connection the film business as it lacks sparkle, imagination and wit all the things that are essential for a romantic comedy. ***

We do get an alternate opening and ending, extended scenes, deleted scenes as well as bloopers and music videos. “Crazy Casanovas! Mischeif from the Set” runs about 13 minutes and doesn’t tell anything about the film we don’t know except that for some reason the producers, directors and cast have elected to fawn over this piece of garbage. ---

Final Words:

A horror film…errr horrible film masquerading as a comedy “When in Rome” made me wonder how so much talent could result in so little quality.


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