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?
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.