When in Rome Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston, Danny DeVito, Will Arnett

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This is a story about how a woman finds true love with the help of a magical fountain in Rome, Italy. Beth (played by Kristen Bell) is the curator for an art museum in New York. She is clumsy. She has lots of trouble finding the right kind of man to date that she wants to ultimately marry. Her sister Joan (played by Alexis Dziena) is just the opposite. Joan meets an Italian guy Umberto (played by Luca Calvani) on a plane. After a rapid romance, of only two weeks, Joan has agreed to marry him. Joan invites Beth to go to Rome for the wedding.
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At the wedding, Beth meets Nicholas Beamon (played by Josh Duhamel). She falls for him right away, but he is a bit more cautious because he has to rescue her from many social disasters that seem to be her constant problem. For example, one tradition is the bridesmaid must break a vase in celebration of the wedding and the number of broken pieces that are created are the number of good happy years of marriage. When Beth tries to break the vase for her sister Joan, the vase will not break at all, prompting the old Italian grandmother of Umberto to say the marriage is cursed. Nick saves the day when he breaks the vase for her.

Beth begins to think she has found her guy in Nick, until she sees him embracing another woman. It is only an overly drunk cousin that nick has no interest in, but Beth does not know this. Saddened by this Beth goes outside to the big fountain that is called the “Fountain of Love.” Beth is also drunk. She takes four coins and a poker chip out of the fountain. She is not aware of the legend that states if any coin is removed from the fountain, then the person that threw the coin will desperately fall in love with the one that pulled the coin out of the water.

Beth returns to New York. In New York is pursued by four guys, who have followed her there. They all think they are madly in love with her. Beth complains to her sister Joan. Joan tells her of the legend and that the only way to break the spell is either throw the coins back into the fountain or give them back to their original owners. Nick comes to New York as well. Beth knows he likes poker, so she thinks he is the owner of the poker chip and that is why he is interested in her. Beth wants true love not the magic kind, so she decides to get rid of the coins. But her assistant Stacey (played by Kate Micucci) thinks it is better for Beth to have someone even if by magic. Stacey steals all the coins.   Beth gets all her suitors to go with her as they chase after Stacey in a funny little yellow car that they drive in a crazy way all over New York even entering a hotel elevator with it.

Beth retrieves all the coins and gives them back to her suitors, breaking the spell. She only has the poker chip left that she needs to give to Nick. But the poker chip does not belong to him. Nick is there because he really loves her.

Best part of story, including ending: The funniest part of this movie is how clumsy Beth is and the crazy things she does that make her look foolish.

Best scene in story: The scene of the mini-car being driven in such the insane way in New York is my favorite.

Opinion about the main character: Beth finds her true love and we are happy for her.

The review of this Movie prepared by Willi Vision a Level 31 Creepy Stalker Barn Owl scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   love spell/potion

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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