Myles Aronowitz
Adam Markovitz
January 28, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

When in Rome

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
01/29/10
performer
Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Alexis Dziena, Will Arnett, Dax Shepard
director
Mark Steven Johnson
author
David Diamond (Writer), David Weissman
genre
Romance, Comedy

We gave it a D+

If watching yet another comely couple zip through the Eternal City on a Vespa sounds mildly fun, be forwarned: When in Rome doesn’t even offer that. Instead, we get three acts of labored slapstick wrung from an eye-roller of a premise: Type A museum curator Beth (Kristen Bell) is besieged by creepy suitors (including Danny DeVito and Will Arnett) when she plucks their wishing coins from an enchanted fountain. The catch for her is that a studly writer (Josh Duhamel) may also be under her spell. The catch for us, after watching Beth slog through one too many failed gags, is that we most certainly are not. D+

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