When in Rome
release year: 2010
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Screenwriter: David Diamond, David Weissman
Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston, Dax Shepard, Will Arnett, Danny DeVito, Jon Heder, Alexis Dziena
Beth (Kristen Bell) is young and ambitious but unlucky in love. When attending her kid sister’s (Alexis Dziena) wedding in Italy she meets cute guy Nick (Josh Duhamel) before she drunkenly picks up some coins in a fountain of love on an impulse. Before she knows it she is back home with more luck in love that she could ever wish for. Only problem is, is it real love or is it connected to the legend of the fountain of love?
Charming on-screen couple Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2008) and Duhamel (Transformers, 2007) and a support cast of excellent comedians can’t save this from feeling a bit like a mix between a TV-movie and a soap opera. Both leads are charming and just like Heder (Blades of Glory, 2007), Shephard (Let’s Go to Prison, 2006), Arnett (Semi-Pro, 2008) and DeVito (Big Fish, 2003) all do their best but is limited by a poor script and weak directing. It does have its charms and some funny moments but mostly leaves you thinking about what it could have been.
The scenes in the Guggenheim Museum were filmed during an actual exhibition by Cai Guo-Qiang called “I Want To Believe”: The cars in the main entrance suspended from the roof was a piece entitled “Inopportune: Stage One”; The tigers with arrows protruding from them is “Inopportune: Stage Two”; The taxidermy wolves (which the coin rolls between as Beth runs after it) is a piece entitled “Head On”.
Picture copyright: Walt Disney