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
“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