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When in Rome (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  29 January 2010 (USA)
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Beth is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, on a whirlwind trip to Rome, she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love, and is then aggressively pursued by a band of suitors.

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Beth is a hard working career woman whose last relationship says that she puts her work above him so he left her. When he tells her he found another career woman and is willing to stick it out with her and is engaged to her, Beth feels that there is no one for her. And when she goes to Rome to attend her sister's impromptu wedding and after meeting the best man, Nick, she's attracted to him but after seeing him with another woman, she gets drunk and goes into the famed Fountain of Love and takes some coins thrown by people looking for love. When she goes back to New York four men start coming onto her. And Nick keeps calling her asking her out. She later learns that what she did--is a no no. It seems legend says that if you take a coin out of the fountain the person who threw it will fall in love with who took the coin. So she has to find a way to break the curse. And she wonders if Nick, whom she likes, is with her cause he wants to or if he is under the spell. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuente del amor  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,350,041 (USA) (29 January 2010)


£61,512 (UK) (25 June 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the last movie with Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite (2004)), the song "The Promise" was featured prominently. That song was performed by the band "When in Rome." See more »


In the initial aerial shots of Rome the cars are driving backwards. See more »


Beth: Dad. When you married Mom, did you ever think that you wouldn't make it?
Beth's Dad: Elizabeth Ann. Honey, you cannot learn from my mistakes. You're going to have to go out there and make your own. Now, you could get your heart broken or you could have the greatest love affair the world has ever known, but you're not going to know unless you try.
Beth: But what if there was a guarantee that you'd never get hurt?
Beth's Dad: Baby... the passion is in the risk. It's like I always say, If you're going to be a bear...
Beth: ...be a ...
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Crazy Credits

The cast is shown dancing as the credits roll. See more »


References Throw Momma from the Train (1987) See more »


Stupid Love Letter
Written by Neon Hitch, Benjamin Levin, Andrew Maxwell Goldstein
Performed by Friday Night Boys
Courtesy of Fueled By Ramen
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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"When in Rome" lowers romantic comedy standard
15 June 2010 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"When in Rome" at first glance appears to be your standard romantic comedy, but it's actually worse than that.

I like romantic comedies which have a real-factor to it - that there's a chance that this could happen. But this film is completely ridiculous, and not in a funny way.

They appeared to be going for the laughs more than the romance. The "real" relationship wasn't built up at all so we didn't get to feel any of the love. On top of that, the comedy wasn't even done well. The timing was off, so even half-decent jokes weren't funny. It seemed that all the jokes were written in just to cover up sloppy writing. All of the so-called "twists" and "turns" were lame and seemed to be added at the last minute to overcome a bad plot idea.

I usually find romantic comedies to be harmless fun, but "When in Rome" actually angered me it was so poorly written. It gives the genre a bad name.

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