Friday 25 June 2010

When In Rome review

When In Rome (PG, 90 mins)
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This stupefying fantasy rom-com stars Sarah Marshall herself, Kristen Bell, as Beth, a workaholic who goes to Italy for her sister’s wedding where she takes a shine to the groom’s best man (Josh Duhamel). She also takes some coins from the Fountain of Love, the legend telling that doing so means the person who threw it in will fall in love with you. As luck would have it, each of the coin owners lives in New York, and stalk Beth while she and Duhamel gambol through various misunderstandings. Sticking closely to the kind of moronic template that typifies the 21st century romantic comedy, this is remarkably dippy stuff that’s marginally less hateful than some examples of this doomed genre, but it’s still hard to care whether Beth gets the man of her dreams or drowns in the fountain.

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