In this movie Sabrina is sent to Rome with a locket that she must open. She is warned that if she is betrayed, she either must turn her betrayer to stone, or loose her powers, and this becomes important as a couple of paparazzi suspect that she is a witch and go out to try and prove it to the world – and one of them attempts to seduce her. She also meets another witch, this time from England, who is not really all that good and accidentally turns the guy that she likes into a pigeon, and spends most of the movies kissing pigeons in an attempt to bring him back.
This is a cute, but mindless movie. I watched it purely for Salem, and sure enough Salem is his greedy, cunning, and manipulative self. The themes that it explores is trust and betrayal, but none too deep to really bother analyzing anything. This is the type of movie one watches if one simply wants to turn their mind off for a while.
This was fun enough to watch if you like the series. Even so, it feels awkward at times to see Sabrina without her Aunts, Harvey and the rest of the normal cast.
This TV movie was broadcast on October 4, 1998 during a time when Season 3 was airing. So you can't help, but think throughout the film that Sabrina's being unfaithful to Harvey with her romantic interest in this Paul guy. It also feels like the writer's tossed her on a trip to Rome for no reason. Some connection to her regular life would have been nice. I don't recall her talk about her aunts or Harvey once in the film. It feels like a what-if scenario in a parallel universe without the film actually stating it.
I think you have to suspend-your-disbelief a little too much for the film. Even if it was a parallel universe, it makes no sense for her love interest be some guy in Rome, that she's never going to see again. I've heard of this sort of love story before but, the chemistry between Sabrina and Paul is forced and seems unnatural.
My first time seeing this was after I'd already watched all seven seasons. The quality of the movie doesn't touch that of the season it was made for (Season 3). This definitely is a lot better then some of the later season's episodes.
If you're a big enough fan of the series you'll get some enjoyment out of this.
The story is about a locket belonging to Sabrina's Aunt Sophia, which Sabrina has to unlock. She does this throughout the whole film, with various other smaller story-lines happening at the same time(e.g. friends and boys) This film I can watch over and over again and not get bored of it. Well worth watching, an all round entertaining family film.
Sabrina quickly became my favourite show, and I was even happier when it continued to improve throughout the seasons. The witty lines, the cute magic, the great personalities and the wonderful lessons Sabrina learned in human values all combined to make it into the best show on television.
That's why I'm more than a little disappointed with this movie. It drags! The witty lines are few and far between, the humour misses more often than it hits, the storyline is farcical, the acting is stagey. Even Salem, who makes the TV show so good, is not at his best. The whole cast seems uncomfortable.
I love films, and I usually focus on the good points of even the bad ones, as there is usually something to love in almost all films. But with this film, it's very difficult. I can't recommend it, and I think most Sabrina fans would be disappointed. I've given it only 2 out of 10.
Basically, Sabrina leaves her TV show for a break in Rome. The film quality is relatively low-grade TV. At least, she actually goes to Rome and there is some travelog. The new character Gwen has an annoying squeaky voice. It's a bit pointless to have only Sabrina and Salem in a movie to accompany the TV show.
I remember watching "Sabrina Goes To Rome" with my sister when I was 8 years old. Even though I don't have an exact memory of it, I still remember I loved it. This film had a healthy mixture of adventure, excitement and a pinch of romance. Melissa John Hart portrayed the rightful role of a young witch in a quest to solve the mystery of a locket and release the power within to save her Aunt Sophia, meeting friends along the way.
Typically, this film isn't one of those expensive Oscar-nominated movies, but it's fun. It is my intension to travel to Rome one day and this film brought out the best of it. From beautiful landscapes to beautiful landmarks (Trevi Fountain) I should say it would be a perfect holiday! Recommended to any Sabrina fan.