Movie Review: When in Rome

Movie Title: When in Rome
Rating: PG-13
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston, Danny DeVito, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard and Alexis Dziena.
Category: Romantic Comedy

Moms of Faith Rating: 5 out of 10

Intro: When in Rome was quirky, funny and thankfully cleaner than I thought…

Review: While the film was far from perfect, it was a lot more retrained than most movies in the “romantic comedy” genre that are PG-13. So, that was a definite plus! LOL! The main character, Beth, is cynical when it comes to love and has poured herself into work instead of pursuing any relationships. However, when her sister decides to give into a whirlwind romance and get married in Rome, Beth’s world is quickly turned upside down.

Rome is where the fun begins.

Without giving too much a way, she finds herself with more (hilarious) choices than she bargained for when she gets back home! However, only one of them may actually break through her no love barrier!

It was a funny movie that had a few laugh out loud moments in it. However, like I said earlier, it was not without flaws…

On the negative side: There was nude art in the film, scantily clad women and bare chested man. Thankfully no sex scenes though! Language was mild and violence as well. There was also more than enough alcohol drinking throughout the movie. Gambling is in the movie and even a priest appears to be a gambler. The worst thing for me was the “magical fountain” that is the epicenter of the film. While there was not “chanting” or spells, it still had powers and if you are a long time reader, you know where I stand with all that! :)

Conclusion: I enjoyed parts of the film and was unimpressed with others. I was disappointed by the predictability and saddened by just how lightly the world takes the subject of love and marriage. However, all in all it was a “so-so” film. That being said, I will not run out and buy it. Once was plenty! :)

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  1. Pat Gardner on July 27, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Hi Faith_Mom!

    Thanks for the movie review. It’s too bad that they can’t make romance movies that don’t include all that extra unnecessary stuff. I heard the Gospel Music Channel is playing Dr Quinn from beginning to end though. They’re even going to show the last season starting in September. I don’t think its been shown since it originally aired. I’m pretty excited, I can’t wait to see what happens to Sully. That’s romance!

    God bless!

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