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When in Rome: It’s a 3

Love Stinks

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Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2010 12:00 am

I have often said I love a good romantic comedy. Yes, they are formulaic. Yes, the boy always gets the girl in the end. Yes, they’re a little schmaltzy. I can’t help it. I enjoy a good romantic comedy, the operative word being ‘good.’ This romantic comedy starring Hollywood’s latest ‘it’ girl, Kristin Bell, and Transformers hunk Josh Duhamel is so bad one wonders how the project was ever greenlighted, much less how they got the talent to sign on. This stinker is a career killer.

    Beth (Bell) is an unlucky-in-love curator at the Guggenheim. When she flies to Rome for her sister’s wedding, she meets a handsome sports writer, Nick (Duhamel), and the attraction is immediate. She also commits a big superstitious no-no—she pulls five coins from the famed Fountain of Love, causing five men to fall instantly in love with her. Four of the men (Will Arnett, Danny DeVito, Dax Shepard, and Jon Heder) pursue her relentlessly and against her will. Her world is crushed when she soon realizes that Nick, or so she thinks, is the fifth man under the spell.

    I know what you’re thinking: It sounds kind of cute, and what a terrific, funny cast. Trust me, this may be the worst movie I have seen in years. With its over-explanatory narration, stilted plot and dearth of comedy—and chemistry—this film is a must-miss. If I could have, I would have walked out. Other than the eye candy that is Josh Duhamel and a few choice lines from Shepard playing a ridiculously self-involved model, it is a colossal waste of time.

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