“When in Rome” is a Run-of-the-Mill Romantic Comedy

Kathryn Russo

“When in Rome” is a romantic comedy that came out just in time for Valentine’s Day. The story line is sweet and heartwarming; however, it unfortunately is a typical romantic comedy with a predictable plot that focuses on a boy falling in love with a girl.

Beth (Kristen Bell) is a career obsessed perfectionist who keeps relationships on the back burner. Nick (Josh Duhamel) is a newspaper reporter who is looking for the right person to spend the rest of his life with. The two magically meet in Rome at Beth’s sister’s wedding, but they go through a lot of rocky situations throughout the movie.

Beth takes coins out of the Trevi Fountain and with each coin she takes a man falls in love with her. A magician, an artist, a model, and a salesman, each man chases her in his own comical way. The magician repeatedly steals Kate’s watch, the artist paints her image on city walls, the model continually tells Beth how good looking she is, and the salesman buys her sausage in order to woo her. Although each man has a different way of trying to win her over they all stalk Beth and create problems for her in her everyday life.

Both Bell and Duhamel have one obstacle after another throughout the movie, and each character has unoriginal lines accompanied by hackneyed jokes every ten minutes or so. They both sound as if they are reciting lines without any real sense of emotion. This romantic comedy is one that is forgettable, conventional, and commonplace. Similar to the mediocrity of action movies such as “Ghostrider” and “Daredevil,” Johnson delivers the same unoriginality in the new genre of romantic comedy.

Although predictable, this romantic comedy is somewhat cute. It is by no means a must-see movie, but there is no harm in seeing “When in Rome” directed by Mark Steven Johnson if you  need to see something romantic this weekend.