When in Rome

All romantic comedies are supposed to do is make us laugh and believe in love – no matter under what circumstance. This one is quite cute – mostly due to its star Kristen Bell's being as cute as a button – and has its funny moments. It is not as sophisticated at a film like "(500) Days of Summer", but it is not as bad as "The Ugly Truth".

Beth (Kristen Bell – Couples Retreat, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) is a woman who is successful in her professional career, but a total mess in her romantic life. Discouraged about her lack of success in finding the man of her dreams she goes to Rome to be the maid of honor at her little sister's wedding to a man she's known for a total of two weeks. Willing to try just about anything in the romantic department, while there she takes some "magical" coins from a fountain of love and makes her wish.

While at the wedding sparks fly between her and the best man, Nick (Josh Duhamel – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Turistas). But as a result of her fountain of love wish she is also pursued by a variety of other suitors. Antonio (Will Arnett – from television's Arrested Development), Lance (Jon Heder – Blades of Glory, Just Like Heaven), and Gale (Dax Shepard – Baby Mama, Without a Paddle) all fall in love with Beth and won't take no for an answer. Nick is also trying to win Beth's heart, but sometimes his clumsiness gets in the way.

With this chaos going on Beth also has to deal with a huge show coming up at the museum where she is an up-and-coming curator. Pretty much if the show is a flop her career will be in the toilet and having a non-supportive boss, Celeste (Anjelica Houston – The Addams Family, The Grifters), doesn't make things any easier.

If you are a fan of slapstick comedy then there is plenty in this film for you to enjoy. Actually, it is more than you usually find in your typical romantic comedy. While the film is not brilliant you will still find yourself laughing a bunch. And sometimes that is really all that you want from a film. Something light that you don't have to put your thinking cap on for. Actually, with this film it is preferable if you leave that cap at home.

For the grumpiest of you – yes, the story has been done before and yes, most of the things that happen in the film are preposterous, but it is not a BBC historical drama, folks! This is a film that wants you to like it as much as Beth wants to find a man who loves her. Loosen up and enjoy.

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