Against my better judgement, I watched “When in Rome“. And how, do I regret it …
Where do I start?
In a nutshell this movie is about a woman called whatever who is so career orientated that she’s jaded about love. Her little sister falls in love with an Italian and has a wedding a Rome.
The movie starts with a scene with a bunch of postcards rotating around and eases out into an actual scene, which was probably the only part of the movie that I liked.
And then that’s when craziness started. After that, there were so many cringe worthy moments.
1. The acting is so forced and pretentious and fake and unoriginal. It’s like the writer of this movie completely gave up and just rinse and recycled every ROM-COM there is. No one in this movie seemed approachable to me at all. I’m not a fish, but I relate more to Nemo in Finding Nemo.
With a storyline like that, not even an A lister could save the movie at all. Poor Danny DeVito. Poor Anjelica Huston.
I think that it’s enough to watch the trailer itself than enduring 1 hr 30 mins of this.
2. Love fountain? There is no existence of a love fountain as far as I know. The closest to fit this legend would be the Trevi fountain but it looks nothing like this. Plus it’s mainly for wishing for returning to Rome.
The set looked more like Piazza Navona.
3. Insofar, after attending a couple of weddings here, I’ve never heard of a tradition of breaking a vase to show how many years your matrimony will be. Sounds like an interesting idea though. Isn’t it more a Jewish tradition though?
4. What really bothers me the most about this movie is that amost every Italian in this movie are not Italian and instead playing the stereotypical role and all these made up traditions. Which is forgivable if it’s humorous (like Russell Peters) but the movie wasn’t even funny.
Like the overly friendly taxi driver in the beginning of the movie. His accent doesn’t even sound right … not to mention his mannerisms. The wolf plushie with the Roma jersey is a nice touch though (which probably means it’s not his)
The ONLY Italian that I could detect are the carabinieri on horses … all the other so called Italians are those stereotypical ones. So yay for the token Italians!
In conclusion : It’s cute. The only saving grace of this movie is how the mains were eye candy enough for me to stay concentrated. Watch with caution when you want a mindless fluff romance and avoid it like the plague if you are an Italophile.