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When In Rome
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06.21.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Mark Steven Johnson

Actors:
Kristen Bell
Josh Duhamel
Danny DeVito
Will Arnet
Dax Sheparp
Jon Heder

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An unlucky in love New York Curator (Kristen Bell), is amourously pursued by four men (Danny DeVito, Will Arnet, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard), after stealing their coins from the famed fountain of love.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
My apologies to the wonderful Kristen Bell, but, wow- is WHEN IN ROME a turkey or what? Fresh off of his back to back Marvel movies, DAREDEVIL (better than people remember), and GHOST RIDER (garbage), director Mark Steven Johnson tries his hand at romantic comedies.

I'll say this: WHEN IN ROME is no worse than a lot of the other rom-coms I've seen lately, but that's not exactly high praise. At least this has the appealing Bell in the lead as opposed to Katherine Heigl, but she's not enough to save this wannabe-zany romp. It's goofy nonsense that plays out like a cartoon- albeit an unfunny one. Never for a second was I interested in any of the characters, despite the talent involved. Will Arnett, Danny DeVito, Jon Heder, and Dax Shepard are all talented guys, but they're not able to do a heck of a lot with their grating roles, and each overracts to the point of repulsion.

As for the leading man, Josh Duhamel, I can't say I'm a fan. Sure, he's pretty and has a grerat head of hair- but talent? Nothing I've seen him in shows any kind of range, and I found him unbelievably bland. He's also a physical mismatch with Bell- who's easily a foot shorter than him, which wouldn't be a big deal if they had chemistry. Alas, they don't, and the film becomes a bore very early on that not even a Don Johnson (Crocket!!!) can save.

THE EXTRAS
WHEN IN ROME gets a pretty fully loaded disc. There's an alternate ending , deleted scenes , bloopers , two music videos (one featuring Katy Perry- who makes shit music but is incredibly hot), and a twelve minute featurette that heralds Kristen Bell as the next big rom-com star (I have higher hopes for the one-time VERONICA MARS).
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As likable as Bell is, WHEN IN ROME just doesn`t work. Perhaps if they had adopted a less cartoonish, zany tone- the filmmakers would have had something. This is a mess, and only worth seeing if you love rom-coms or are desperate for inoffensive date fare.
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