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When in Rome (Blu-ray Review)

8 Jun, 2010 By: Angelique Flores

Street 6/15/10
Romantic Comedy
Box Office $32.7 million
$29.99 DVD,  $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some suggestive content and language.
Stars Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Jon Heder, Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston, Dax Shepard, Will Arnett.

Most of us grew up reading and watching fairy tales rife with fantastical magic and finding true love. When in Rome is sort of a modern version of that.

Beth (Kristen Bell of “Gossip Girl” and “Veronica Mars”) is a young, single workaholic in New York. Always putting her job first, she has had a history of bad dating experiences and believes that the right guy for her is the one she’ll love more than her job.

While in Rome for her sister Joan’s wedding, she finds herself attracted to the best man, Nick (Josh Duhamel). After seeing him with another woman she mistakes as his love interest, she gets drunk and ends up sitting alone by the Fountain of Love. Still upset, she takes five of the coins in the fountain home.

As five men, including Nick, unrelentingly chase after Beth, Joan informs her that the coins she took from the fountain have put a spell on the men who threw in those coins wishing for love. Beth must either throw the coins back or return them to the men. But she also risks losing Nick, for whom she has fallen.

One of the joys of the film is seeing a number of well-known actors in minor roles and cameos, including Anjelica Huston, Will Arnett, Dax Shepard, Danny DeVito, Don Johnson and even Ghostface Killah.

Another fun part of the movie is Jon Heder, who plays one of the suitors, Lance. He’s a goth-looking magician who’s part Criss Angel, part Napoleon Dynamite, with Efren Ramirez as his sidekick in a very Pedro-esque role.

The disc has plenty of bonus material: an alternate opening and ending that thankfully was not used; deleted scenes that reveal Ramirez was not the original sidekick for Lance; two featurettes, one about the four suitors and one that was more like an extended deleted scene featuring them; bloopers and two music videos.

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