Mark Steven Johnson
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.