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I'm truly wondering about Amazon's star rating system these days. 4 1/2 stars for this utterly average, predictable, shallow movie. A romantic comedy doesn't have to be these things; the best of the genre has a real story line and depth- and real love based on more than clumsiness and a love for career. The most bizarre aspect of this movie is the apparent idol worship the female character has for the statue in the supposed Fountain of Love in Rome. (In reality, the movie's fountain is fake- a mere set created for the show.) She sincerely talks to the fountain, rages at it and believes in it. The real Fountain of Love in Rome is called the Trevi Fountain and looks nothing like the one in the movie. I liked the actors in the movie- but couldn't understand the racial typecasting of the Mexican guy with the video camera. It seemed a bit disrespectful to me- and completely superfluous to the film. The 4 1/2 stars truly don't make sense. I wonder if Amazon has been invaded by bots hired by movie producers.
Grotesque parody of a romantic comedy. For instance, a man says he want to give Bell his heart, and he then rips his heart out his chest. The film is mostly one surreal scene after the other. If you want to see a great Kisten Bell film, get “You Again.”
I know this is a rom-com with a little bit of fantasy thrown in and could have been way silly but it really works if you are looking for a happy, fun, enjoy an evening with your honey, kind of movie. All the characters are so sweet with the two main stars really shining. Was really fun and made for a great date night at home movie.
I love this movie. Yes, there are a couple cringe-worthy moments (Danny DiVito as the sausage king!) but it is a guilty-pleasure. The story is comical, even if the acting isn't superb. Kristen Bell delivers a solid performance as a frustrated reject, determined to "save" a handful of strangers from the "certain death" which one may find in love (as she has/had). What follows is a conundrum of slapstick/idiotic hullabaloo from five people magically in love with her.
Kristen Bell is delightful. This young woman lights up the film. This movie is totally without vulgarity and stupid sophomoric humor. That is so refreshing these days. The cast of supporting characters are absolute fun. I loved every goofy one of them. And Danny Devito is so so sweet in this film. Beth, a women in love with her career and afraid of commitment flies to Rome for her sister's wedding. While there she cavorts in a fountain known for it's effect on wishes of love. After that it is a wonderful, lighthearted romp of wacky suitors and madcap situations. Can lightening storms and blackouts and clown cars keep Beth and the possible love of her life apart. Watch and see. Mushy and wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Quite the who's who on the cast, and pretty entertaining (if predictable) fun. Josh's antics had me laughing out loud. But, what ruins the whole thing is the super-corny, sub-par soundtrack music. Inconsistent editing, odd combination of tracks tossed in, and the overall B-quality feel of the soundtrack just plain ruined the fun of an otherwise pretty decent movie.
Josh Duhamel is a 6'4" hunk of gorgeous man and plays his characters so well and believable. The movie took place in Rome and I have been in Rome and that was a great back drop for the movie to take place in for me. The subtext was ridiculous and yet delightful at the same time. In real time there is no way that one can walk into the fountains and yet the film industry finds ways to allow the scenario to take place and the idea of picking up coins and what takes place after that is just plain goofy. The movie stars that they had in the film carried it and it was thoroughly entertaining.
Ideal for Date Night, Girl's Night, or delightfully, Family Night! It is predictable, yes, but not overly formulaic. Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel have chemistry. Bell is radiant. Duhamel is funny and so handsome. The setting, in Rome, is gorgeous and delivers on the Romantic part. In fact, it is a bit of a fairy tale visually and in feel. Very enjoyable. Characters like Bell's evil boss, Angelica Huston, and the ridiculous but lovable Will Arnett are pretty classy as "second fiddles" go! I won't purchase the movie, When in Rome, honestly. However, it was charming and very worthwhile.t
3.0 out of 5 starsDing, Dong, Bell - Kristen Cannot Tell.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 16, 2016
I bought this on the strength of seeing it advertised, and thought it could be a slightly more original take on the more traditional Rom Coms. After all, it looked great in the advert. Did it live to the expectations of the trailer, well quite frankly no. There were some funny moments, but nowhere near enough to make this a strong comedy. And for the romance side, I found this the weakest. At times a little 'cringe-worthy' to be honest. However, to give it a fair chance, I watched the movie through from start to finish. There are odd times which are quite moving but again not nearly enough to make this a very good film. This will never be a classic and the best I can say to prepare you for your viewing experience is, that it's okay and nothing more than that. An average film with no more than average entertainment value.
Nice little romcom with likeable actors. Some very funny moments such as 5 people in a tiny car driving straight into a building and into a lift. I can watch this over and over if I just want to relax and watch a film, I love romcoms anyway and this one has a nice feel to it and of course a happy ending