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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The latest demonstration of the impossibility of making a good movie from a bad script is provided by When in Rome, a romantic comedy approved by the previous regime at Disney.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Sounds mildly fun, be forwarned: When in Rome doesn't even offer that.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Certain scenes in When in Rome signify nothing less than the death of screen slapstick, but I’m hoping it’s one of those fake-out movie deaths where it’s not really dead, not forever.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A little bit of charm is precisely what this movie has to offer. A small dose is better than none, but you can't help wishing there was more to go around.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It is neither deep nor intelligent, but it's not intended to be either. The saving grace of the otherwise generic product is that Bell's vivacity and Duhamel's rakish charm allow the viewer to root for them.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Teen-appeal actors disappoint in stereotypical romcom.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy depicts enchantedsuitors who -- under a magical spell -- basically stalk a woman in a bid for her love. Althoughthere's no explicit sexuality, there are several passionate kisses, andin one scene newlyweds appear topless except for an apron, which hides sensitive spots. There are a few comedic pratfalls, but no serious violence, and a few product placements that are obvious but not over-the-top. As is the case with many romantic comedies, the protagonist is a stereotype of a workaholic woman in search of love.

  • Families can talk about the theme of real love versus unrequited infatuation. Does following someone you like around, sending them presents, and trying to force them to return your feelings work? Are the spellbound suitors funny, or do they seem creepy? What would teens do if this happened in real life?
  • What romantic-comedy stereotypes appear in this movie?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Positive messages include believing in the importance of love, putting personal relationships first, and trusting that not every relationship will end just because you've been hurt before or are the child of divorced parents. On the negative side, the movie makes light of somewhat creepy male behavior.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Beth is a successful, hardworking art curator who cares about her job -- though she's also somewhat stereotypically depicted. Nick is a generous, determined guy who treats Beth well.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Several pratfalls, all of them comedic.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Several passionate kisses, mostly between the leads, and some sexual innuendo. A newlywed couple makes out while they're both shirtless (though she has an apron covering up her front). A man loves to show off his body and frequently takes off his shirt in public.

  • language false2

    Language: A few uses of "damn" and "hell" and some exclamations along the lines of "oh my God."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Product placements include the following brands: Apple, BlackBerry, The Daily News, and Christian Louboutin. The Guggenheim Museum, where Beth works, is prominently featured.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of champagne drinking at a wedding reception, where Beth gets drunk.