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When in Rome


Stars: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston Danny DeVito, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard, Alexis Dziena, Kate Micucci, Peggy Lipton, Luca Calvani, Keir O'Donnell, Lee Pace

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

I was certain that I could hear muffled whining throughout this dire ‘family’ film: afterwards, when the projectionist assured me his equipment was not to blame, I realised that it had to be Walt Disney spinning and moaning in his grave.

But you can’t really blame him since this all-barking dog bears his name.

For the record, Manhattan museum curator Bell goes to Rome to attend her sister’s wedding, fancies best man Duhamel and, ripping off Three Coins in the Fountain, she steals five coins from a fountain (not the Trevi) and ends up being pursued by five men including – to his shame – Danny DeVito as a love-crazed sausage manufacturer. It’s the kind of witless film that if it was an inflight movie, passengers would probably prefer to walk outside the plane.

Also involved in the accident are Huston as Bell’s boss, Heder, Arnett and, uncredited (he must be really relieved), Don Johnson. For the record, blame director Mark Steven Johnson and screenwriters David Diamond and David Weissman and yourself if you waste time and money seeing the film. When in Rome – or anywhere else for that matter – avoid it at all costs.

Alan Frank

USA 2010. UK Distributor: Walt Disney. Colour.
91 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 12A.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 07 Jul 2010