‘When in Rome’ (2010) (4/10)

When in Rome feels like the end-product of an A.I. program being told to make a lightweight romantic comedy with a slight fantastical spin. This mostly forgotten movie follows one woman who’s unlucky in love, and the chaos that unravels after she steals coins from a “fountain of love,” which magically causes various men to start romantically pursuing her.

Romantic comedies at their best still tend to feel a little formulaic, so it follows that romantic comedies that are far from great will feel very formulaic. This is the case for When in Rome and its 17% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, though in fairness, this is far from the only rom-com out there that feels somewhat computer-generated.

Written by Abu Bakar

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