When in Rome

31 Mar

Title: When in Rome
Year: 2010
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Writer: Mark Steven Johnson, David Diamond, David Weissman
Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard, Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston
MPAA Rating: PG-13, suggestive content
Runtime: 91 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 5.3
Rotten Tomatoes: 17%

If I say this film is bearable it’s just because I really really like Kristen Bell, but even in my most extreme moments of fandom I will never say this is a good film, or even an okay film, because the truth is that When in Rome is completely bad, it relies on a series of really unfunny gags and even though Bell and her male co-star Josh Duhamel, are both quite likeable they are put through too many stupid situations for us to care for them for a whole film.

Yes, they are in typical rom-com, these are the most predictable types of films, we know the two will end up together, I’ve learned to lower my expectations with rom-coms, there are only a couple of really good ones released every year, and that’s if it’s a good year, but still, even with my lowered expectations I need the required obstacles the couple must endure to be funny, and in When in Rome they are painfully ridiculous.

And not only are the physical-comedy gags horrible, but the seriously weak attempts at being witty (because all rom-com writers now think they can emulate the Apatow clan) are just as abysmal, which is a shame when you have an actress like Kristen Bell who proved in Veronica Mars she can deliver them witty lines like the best of ’em.

The supporting cast is equally uninspired, Jon Heder is fine but he should be more than fine, Will Arnett is badly used, Dax Shepard really sucks, and Danny DeVito is the worst of them, that guy should just stick to his über-funny role in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia since everything he does in film as of late has been pretty horrid, he should thank his lucky stars this film somehow doesn’t appear on his IMDb acting credits.

But meh, I won’t even dig into the plot of this film, just go look at the trailer if you want to know that, and if you do watch the trailer you don’t even have to go see the film, the blanks are stupidly easy to fill in, as is the case with this genre so often, I’m giving this one a barely passing grade, but that’s just because I want a Veronica Mars movie.

Grade: C-


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