Sunday, February 14, 2010

When In Rome


I went to see When In Rome yesterday with Leah, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't think I've laughed out loud so much during a romantic comedy since maybe The Proposal. I don't know that I'd say it's as good as The Proposal, but I was just as entertained, know what I mean? I liked the idea that the movie takes the old tradition of wishing for love by tossing a coin in a fountain (such as in the old classic, Three Coins in the Fountain), and flips it around by asking what happens to those wishes if you take someone's coin out? So the whole thing worked for me as a fun diversion on a nasty, overcast Saturday afternoon. :)

Kristen Bell was cute, funny, and neurotic - I think she's got potential in rom-coms reminscent of maybe Meg Ryan and Sandra Bullock, just a bit. Now, when I saw Josh Duhamel in the previews there's no denying his gorgeous, but I wasn't sure if he could pull off a comedy like this. I thought he worked out really well in the role, though, and had good on-screen chemistry with Bell. Frankly, he was adorable. :) The supporting cast was also great, especially Will Arnett, Jon Heder, Danny DeVito, and Dax Shepard as the four guys who "fall in love" with Bell when she takes their coins from the fountain in Rome. Heder and DeVito had some especially hilarious moments. I also LOVED seeing Anjelica Huston as Kristen Bell's witchy boss. She reminded me a bit of Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. And her moment at the end of the movie with DeVito was hilarious!

So yeah, When In Rome is a lot of fun, definitely worth renting if you don't feel like shelling out to see it in the theater. It's fast-paced, really funny, and you can stare at Josh Duhamel being adorable for two hours. Plus you'll be left with this overwhelming desire to visit Rome. It's a winning combination, just sayin'. ;-)

4 comments:

Liv said...

I'm glad it was funny, I thought it would be...

...waiting until redbox.

Ruth said...

@Liv - Oh Liv, I think you will like this one. :) The way things go, it should be in Redbox in what, 3 to 6 months max? Gotta love that turnaround. ;)

heidenkind said...

This movie looks fun. I also like the play on Three Coins in the Fountain. I threw a coin into that fountain and nothing happened! :P

Ruth said...

@heidenkind - I know, right? I need to be taking coins OUT...LOL!