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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Movie Review: When In Rome

Keeping with the Veronica Mars alums theme, the next movie in review is the "blink-and-you-will-miss" movie, When In Rome.

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The movie starts out with Guggenheim art curator, Beth (Kristen Bell), annoyed with her younger sister, Joan (Alexis Dziena).  Joan has fallen in love with Umberto (Luca Calvani) and now wants to marry in Rome before one of Beth's exhibits' deadline.  Being the workaholic she is, Beth tries to play maid-of-honor and art curator in the next 3 days.  When she finds out that her mobile signal in Rome is bad, and realizes that Best Man, Nick Beamon (Josh Duhamel), has cellular reception, she does almost anything to use his phone to check up on things in the US.

During her maid-of-honor duties and messing up a few Italian traditions (some of which isn't her fault), she finds herself liking Nick. But when she sees him with another girl, she becomes downtrodden. She leaves the church and decides to take a dip in the Fountain of Love, promising to save 5 souls from what Beth considers the "cruelty of love".

The Good: 

The chemistry between Beth and Nick. There is something between two characters that have played the rom-com card more than once. Despite the huge height difference, they make a cute couple. Their banter is easy-going and relaxed. The audience can buy them as a couple.

Stacy (Kate Micucci) as Beth's friend and assistant is hilarious. She's like Judy Greer: the perfect sidekick.

The Bad:

 Anjelica Huston as Celeste, the head curator of the Guggenheim. Her performance is tired, if not, uninspiring. Truly, this role is too small for her. She should've said no to making this movie.

Joan and Umberto: There was something about them as a couple that made me feel... skeezy. Really, making food and only wearing aprons (and nothing else) is just... gross.  It's either that, or I am a prude. Or self-conscious of my body that I won't ever cook in my birthday suit.

The Ugly: 

The suitors. I understand that the movie is a rom-com. But for a movie like this, did the casting crew really need to pick out the worst of the litter? There's Danny Devito, the old suitor, Will Arnett, the badly toupeed artist, Jon Heder, the goth-painted magician, Dax Shepard, the greasy-looking ad model, and Keir O'Donnell as Father Dino. They all are depicted as shallow individuals, if not, gross-looking individuals. I do understand that the movie's light-hearted theme is supposed to show what happens when good intentions go array, but this goes so off-tangent, the sweetness originally intended leaves a greasy taste in the mouth.

Stale Popcorn Rating: This is a toss-up between Free Rental and Not worth the gum you've stepped on.  Unless you have nothing left to watch on TV (that's including reruns), this movie is not worth your time. 


Kylie1403 said...

Yeah i wasnt very impressed when I saw this. I dunno just seemed lame to me

Donut Shop said...

It was lame but JD and KB have good chemistry.