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WHEN IN ROME

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  91 minutes, deleted scenes, bloopers, two music videos, previews

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English, French, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:   English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  Touchstone Pictures

RELEASE DATE:  6-15-2010

An unlucky-at-love curator, Beth (Kristen Bell), takes a quick trip to Rome for her sister’s wedding and meets the guy of her dreams.   She has her doubts that he is in love with her after she takes coins from the fountain of love (which causes people to fall in love with her because she has their coins).

 

WHEN IN ROME is full of laughs.   It is a charming film that moves at warp speed as you love the characters and the little things the characters do to make them come alive.  Josh Duhamel has the easy charming guy charisma while Kristen Bell just sparks with him.   Jon Heder steals the scenes he’s in as a crazy magician.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Four deleted scenes that don’t add to the film are amusing, but the bloopers are even more entertaining than the deleted scenes.  Two music videos (“Starstrukk” by 3OH!3 featuring Katy Perry and “Stupid Love Letter” by Friday Night Boys) are also on the disc.   The first music video is much better than the second one and I can see why Russell Brand loves Katy Perry (she does a better acting job than 3OH!3 and makes it looks easy).   Previews for LOST Season Six, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and THE SORCERROR’S APPRENTICE round out the extras.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  WHEN IN ROME is charming and funny.    I wish more of the extras were on the DVD.  The blu-ray has additional deleted scenes in adition to an alternate beginning and ending.

 

This DVD review is (c)6-10-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com