It is said when you find a penny on the ground the penny is supposed to bring good luck, but what happens when you take a coin from the Fountain of Love? You steal the love someone has wished for and they fall hopelessly in love with you.
This is the premise of When in Rome.
Accused of putting her professional life before her love life, Beth (Kristen Bell) has decided love is not for her.
At an art exhibit, which she is the curator of, she sees her ex-boyfriend and believes he wants to get back together — only to hear him say he found another career-type woman and that he is going to be engaged.
Discouraged, Beth decides there is no one for her, until she goes to Rome to attend her sister’s surprise wedding and meets Nick (Josh Duhamel), the best man.
Beth and Nick hit it off and she finds herself falling for Nick until she sees him with another woman outside the chapel by the fountain.
Believing that once again she has fallen for a man just to find him interested in someone else, she gets drunk and goes into the famed Fountain of Love and takes four coins and one poker chip, thrown in by people looking for love.
When she goes back to New York, four men start chasing her to win her affections and her love. Nick keeps calling her asking her out, and tries to explain the circumstances she saw him in with the other woman in Rome.
She learns from her new Italian brother-in-law that taking the coins from the fountain is a mistake.
Legend has it if you take coins out of the fountain, the person who threw it will fall in love with the person who took the coin. Now, she has to find a way to break the curse. But is Nick one of them? Beth believes he is after finding a poker chip in Nick’s apartment — just like the one from the fountain, which has Beth thinking about the night she saw Nick and the other woman out by the fountain.
The only way Beth will ever find out if Nick is truly in love with her is to return the poker chip to Nick and see how he feels when he is “not under her spell.”
While When in Rome encompasses both romance and comedy, the movie relies more on comedy to get the romance across and overall was a fun movie to watch. Next week’s review: The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson and Jennifer Beals.
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