When in Rome

Theatrical Release: January 29, 2010
DVD Release: June 15, 2010
When in Rome


An ambitious young New Yorker (Kristen Bell), disillusioned with romance, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a “foolish” fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of an odd group of suitors: a sausage magnate (Danny DeVito), a street magician (Jon Heder), an adoring painter (Will Arnett) and a self-admiring model (Dax Shepard). But when a charming reporter (Josh Duhamel) pursues her with equal zest, how will she know if his love is the real thing?

Dove Review

This was a pleasant surprise. I knew it had a chance to be awarded our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal but I was concerned that either language or the sex category would be outside our guidelines. A three in any of those categories would have prevented us from awarding the movie our Dove Seal. Instead, with just a couple of innuendos which did not cross our level of acceptability, and language which hit a two instead of a three in our ratings, this is one we can approve for ages twelve plus. And it really has some funny moments in it.

Beth (Kristen Bell) meets Nick (Josh Duhamel) in Italy at her younger sister’s wedding, and the sparks fly before a power outage leaves them momentarily in the dark. Later, back in New York, Nick takes Beth to a darkened restaurant, since he says they had a great time at the wedding reception the night the power went out. This leads to a comedic moment with Nick groping his way through the dark to the table, following the waitress who is wearing night vision goggles, and grabbing a poor man’s head along the way. He totally musses his hair up. Another great comedic moment occurs when the men who are attracted to Beth due to a spell (she collected their coins from the Fountain of Love in Italy) ride in the same very small Italian car with her, only to have one character ask the owner if he bought it from Fisher Price.

Beth has to determine if Nick truly loves her because of her, or because she picked up one of his poker chips from the fountain. There are a few twists in the story, and this would especially be a good one for young couples to see, although other viewers twelve and up, both female and male, will probably find things in it they will like. Nick’s geek friend is a rather humorous sidekick. However, check out the content below and remember the plot because it is targeted toward females and romantics. There are definitely some things to like about this movie and we are pleased to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Passionate kissing by a couple; kissing by a few other couples; a broken translation in Italian from English makes it sound like Beth wants to share her sister's husband with her; a man says it is a great view from behind, speaking of a woman's rear as she walks.
Language: G/OMG-7; H-4; D-6; Freaking-1; Idiot-1; Creep-1; Geez Louise-1; Suck-1; Crap-1; A woman says she told a company to "shove it".
Violence: A woman attempts to break a vase as a wedding tradition at reception and it bounces up and hits a woman; a man falls down an open trap door but is okay; a man is accidentally hit in the eyes with breath spray is not harmed; a man falls on a glass coffee table but is okay; a man accidentally walks into a tree; it's mentioned a woman who loved Picasso hung herself after he died.
Drugs: Drinking of wine and beer in some scenes; a woman drinks from a bottle.
Nudity: Cleavage; art with a few women almost nude; a mural on the wall is an artist's depiction of Beth nude from the waist up and a very brief scene shows the mural-again, as an artist's work; shirtless men; a man's butt crack is seen in a picture.
Other: A priest had gambled but asks God for forgiveness; in a gross scene a magician pulls out a fake bloody heart from his chest area; a fantasy plot line about taking coins from the Fountain of Love causes the men to fall in love with the woman who takes them; the fantasy spell is broken when woman returns coins; a man tells an artist he would like the artist to do a nude painting of himself.


Company: Touchstone Pictures
Writer: David Diamond & David Weissman
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter