When in Rome

When in Rome

4.6 10
Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Cast: Kristen Bell


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Disillusioned with romance during her whirlwind trip to Rome, an ambitious New Yorker defiantly swipes a few magic coins from a "foolish" wishing fountain, inadvertently igniting the passions of a motley crew of suitors as she's pursued by a handsome reporter with charm to spare. Beth (Kristen Bell) is at a point in her life where love…  See more details below


Disillusioned with romance during her whirlwind trip to Rome, an ambitious New Yorker defiantly swipes a few magic coins from a "foolish" wishing fountain, inadvertently igniting the passions of a motley crew of suitors as she's pursued by a handsome reporter with charm to spare. Beth (Kristen Bell) is at a point in her life where love seems like a luxury she just can't afford. Years of waiting for that perfect romance has made Beth bitter, and one day, while vacationing in Rome, she cynically plucks a handful of coins from a local fountain of love. Almost immediately thereafter, Beth finds herself fending off the advances of a diminutive sausage magnate (Danny DeVito), a lanky street magician (Jon Heder), a doting painter (Will Arnett), and a narcissistic male model (Dax Shepard). Meanwhile, a smitten reporter (Josh Duhamel) does his best to convince Beth that true love isn't just a topic of fairy tales and romance novels.

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Despite the misleading name, romantic comedies are seldom particularly funny. Most of the time, the comedy is just a benign backdrop for the romance, so a movie that aims squarely to be light entertainment never strays into overly serious territory. But When in Rome makes an honest attempt at being funny, filling out the supporting cast with actual comedians like Will Arnett, Dax Shepard, and Bobby Moynihan -- you know, the way that real comedies do. The end result is indeed something a touch funnier than your average romcom, but not by a lot. It stars Kristen Bell as our hero, Beth. A tightly wound curator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Beth's never been lucky in love, so when she meets the tall, dark, and smarmy Nick (Josh Duhamel) while attending her sister's epic wedding in Rome, it takes a lot for her to admit she really likes him. But, of course, things don't go as planned, and Beth ends up drunk and angry and wading in a fountain that turns out to be magical. The handful of coins she pockets out of its recesses turn out to be the wishes for love cast by a handful of quirky men, and with the coins in her possession, their love inexplicably turns toward her. So now, back home, Beth's running all over New York trying to prepare for the Big Exhibition Her Whole Career Is Riding On, while a motley crew of stalkers chases her around, engaging in silly and embarrassing antics to demonstrate their love. All, of course, except for Nick, who is apparently under the same spell, but who is otherwise sane (and cute). Bell and Duhamel do a lot with their roles -- which, if we're being honest, are mostly generic. On paper, Nick is kind of a sappy milquetoast, but Duhamel brings enough gravitas to make him seem a little rakish and fun. And though Bell is certainly talented (and, though it goes without saying, gorgeous) enough to say her lines and cash her checks, she still plays Beth with a lot of heart. In fact, the whole movie is generally sweet and appropriately charming -- just don't go in expecting something innovative or interesting or particularly hilarious. Will Arnett may be a comedic heavyweight, but most of his jokes still hinge on him wearing a silly wig and falling down a lot. That's all fine as long as you go in with the right expectations -- things are exceedingly cute, but rarely hysterical.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Sales rank:

Special Features

Kerplunk! Bloopers from Rome; Deleted scenes; Music video: "Starstrukk" by 30h!3 featuring Katy Perry; Music video: "Stupid Love Letter" by Friday Night Boys

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kristen Bell Beth
Josh Duhamel Actor,Nick
Will Arnett Actor,Antonio
Anjelica Huston Celeste,Actor
Danny DeVito Al,Actor
Alexis Dziena Actor,Joan
Jon Heder Actor,Lance
Dax Shepard Actor,Gale
Kate Micucci Actor,Stacy
Bobby Moynihan Actor,Puck
Peggy Lipton Priscilla
Luca Calvani Umberto
Keir O'Donnell Priest (Father Dino)
Kristen Schaal Ilona
Judith Malina Umberto's Grandma
Lee Pace Brady Sacks
Natalie Joy Johnson Secretary (Madge)
Brian Golub Secretary (Chaz)
Charlie Sanders Poker Player
Eugene Cordero Poker Player
Eric Zuckerman Hansom Cab Driver
Pasquale Esposito Police #1
Valentina Roma Nick's Date
Francesco De Vito Cabbie
Carlo Giuliano Wedding Guest #1
Tommaso Matelli Wedding Guest #2
Bob Dwyer Cop
Ebony Jo-Ann Customer
Erin Miller Patron
Quisha Saunders Kim
Alexa Havins Lacy
Carlo D'Amore Italian Translator
Geoffrey Cantor Dr. Moscowitz
Abe Goldfarb Executive
J.T. Arbogast Executive
Lawrence Taylor Himself
Shaquille O'Neal Himself
David Lee Himself
Brian Kenny Himself
Gloia Colonello Wedding Guest #3
John Mainieri Man in Elevator
George Deihl News Reporter
Brook Whitmore Guggenheim Party Bartender
Bing Putney Guggenheim Party Waiter
Elizabeth Olin Guggenheim Party Girl #1
Jessica Howell Guggenheim Party Girl #2
Ghostface Killah Guggenheim DJ

Technical Credits
Mark Steven Johnson Director,Producer
John Bailey Cinematographer
Rikki Lea Bestall Producer
Kathleen Chopin Casting
Michael Decasper Asst. Director
David Diamond Screenwriter
Sarah Edwards Costumes/Costume Designer
Mindy Farrell Executive Producer
Ryan Folsey Editor
Gary Foster Producer
Joseph Iberti Associate Producer
Michelle Johnston Choreography
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
John Kasarda Art Director
Stephen Kelley Makeup Special Effects
Sarit Klein Makeup
Andrew Marcus Editor
Andrew Panay Producer
Stacey Panepinto Makeup
Kirk M. Petruccelli Production Designer
Steven Roffer Executive Producer
James J. Sabat Sound Mixer
Ezra Swerdlow Executive Producer
David Weissman Screenwriter
Kim Winther Asst. Director,Co-producer
Christopher Young Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- When in Rome
1. Opening Credits / Beth's Big Event
2. Joan's Getting Married
3. A Wedding in Rome
4. Beth Makes a Speech
5. The Wedding Dance
6. In the Fountain of Love
7. Beth Returns Home
8. The Coins in New York
9. Front Page News
10. Beth on the Run
11. Recon on Beth
12. Nick Gets a Date
13. Safe at the Museum
14. Breaking the Spells
15. Driving the Gridlock
16. Returning the Coins
17. The Last Coin
18. Another Wedding
19. Beth Objects
20. The End / End Credits


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