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WHEN IN ROME
Blu-ray Edition

Review by Michael Oleszek

Stars: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard, Danny DeVito, Don Johnson
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Audio: DTS HD 5.1
Video: 2.35:1
Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Features: See Review
Length: 91 Minutes
Release Date: June 15, 2010

Film **1/2

Where have you gone Veronica Mars?? Or better yet, even the housewife trying to rescue her marriage to Jason Bateman in Couples Retreat?

Kristen Bell tries to take a star turn in this romantic comedy as Beth, an art curator who has rendered her life as unlucky when it comes to the opposite sex. Enter Nicholas Beamon (Josh Duhamel), her equally unlucky in love counterpart. Both Beth and Nicholas are taken with each other until, surprise; another woman is on the receiving end of Nicholas’ affections.

Slightly drunken and frustrated, Beth swipes a few coins from a legendary ‘fountain of love’ and whoever takes coins out of the fountain is destined to fall in love with the person who originally threw the coins in.

Since Beth decided to take a handful of coins, hilarity ensues as Beth is pursued by a random host of guys, including Nicholas. Believing the legend of the fountain to be true, Beth does not believe that Nicholas is really in love with her.

This way of thinking leads to Beth eventually returning the coins to each guy, including Nicholas, which leads Beth to completely break down about her love life long enough to realize that Nicholas is truly the one for her.

Video ***

This Blu-Ray disc makes the backdrops of New York City and Rome stand out in all of the vibrant colors and contrasts that make both cities great.

Audio ***

The enhanced sound from the Blu-ray disc actually makes up for a mostly lame soundtrack that accompanies the film. The highlights are the ambient sounds of everyday life picked up during the scenes in New York City.

Features ***1/2

Exclusive to Blu-Ray Disc Only – Alternate Opening and Ending Scenes, a cast and crew featurette, extended scenes with each of Kristen Bell’s suitors.

Movie Bloopers from Rome

Deleted Scenes

Two Music Videos: ‘Starstrukk’ by 3OH!3 and Katy Perry and ‘Stupid Love Letter’ by Friday Night Boys

Summary:

Not the worst romantic comedy of 2010, but there are much better romantic comedies out there on DVD, and When in Rome is a middle of the pack rom-com at best. The dual eye candy leads prove (at least in this movie) that both of them are much better to look at then listen to.

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