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To Rome With Love: Movie Review - Ladue News: Arts & Entertainment

To Rome With Love: Movie Review

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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 1:35 pm

I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to this film. After Woody Allen’s brilliant rise from the ashes with Midnight in Paris, I was expecting big things. Sadly here, Allen seems to have given the green light to a rough draft of a script. There are some great laughs, but unfortunately, almost everything about this movie seems under-thought.

Haley (Alison Pill) meets Michelangelo (Flavio Parenti) asking for directions to the Trevi fountain and it’s love at first sight. After their engagement, Haley’s parents, Phyllis (Judy Davis) and Jerry (Woody Allen), fly in to meet the future in-laws. Jerry, a retired music producer, immediately becomes fixated on Michelangelo’s father’s operatic voice. Meanwhile, Tom (Alec Baldwin) a 50-something architect vacationing in Rome, decides to take a walk and meets a young architecture student, Jack (Jesse Eisenberg), who is torn between his girlfriend, Sally (Greta Gerwig), and her sensual best friend, Monica (Ellen Page).

In other plot lines, Leopoldo (Roberto Benigni), an ordinary working stiff, awakes one morning to find himself inexplicably famous. Antonio (Alessandro Tiberi) and Milly (Alessandra Mastronardi) are small-town newlyweds caught up in the assorted vices of the wicked city.

This movie is funny (sometimes even laugh-out-loud funny). Unfortunately, that’s one of the few compliments I can give it. Judy Davis is an absolute treasure to watch and the film is funny but unpolished.

It's a 6.

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