When In Rome (2010) -vs- Roman Holiday (1953)
Featuring precious little Rome and a lot of Antic, â€œWhen In Romeâ€ falls back on every exhausted (and exhausting) rom-com convention in the book. In Rome for her sister’s wedding, a career woman cynically steals coins from a fountain and unknowingly makes five strangers fall madly in love with her. Kristen Bell makes for an adorable lead who needs fresher and smarter material to reach her full rom-com heroine potential. Josh Duhamel stands tall as her love object, slightly less generic than the usual rom-com Ken doll. Thereâ€™s not much standing in their way, no real obstacles, and therein lies the rub. The two meet semi-cute in the first ten minutes, and we know theyâ€™ll wind up together; nothing much happens in the middle to call their happy ending into question. Thereâ€™s much ado about the nothing; pilfered coins, local legend, and enchanted suitors sound like more fun than they are.