When in Rome

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

When in Rome (Touchstone Movie)

“When in Rome” is a romantic comedy film released in 2010, directed by Mark Steven Johnson. The movie stars Kristen Bell as Beth Harper, a successful but unlucky-in-love New York City curator.

The story follows Beth, who is disillusioned with love after a series of failed relationships. While in Rome for her younger sister’s wedding, she impulsively takes some coins from a magical “fountain of love” in a misguided attempt to find love.

Unbeknownst to her, taking the coins causes the people who originally threw them into the fountain to fall in love with her. Soon, a group of quirky suitors, including a street magician (Jon Heder), a painter (Will Arnett), a sausage magnate (Danny DeVito), and an egotistical male model (Dax Shepard), start pursuing Beth relentlessly.

Overwhelmed by the sudden attention, Beth tries to navigate her way through the chaos, all the while being pursued by the charming sports journalist Nick Beamon (Josh Duhamel).

As the film unfolds, Beth must confront her feelings about love, discover what she truly desires, and determine if any of her suitors are genuinely worth her affection.

“When in Rome” is a light-hearted and humorous rom-com that explores the themes of fate, true love, and self-discovery. Kristen Bell delivers a charming and relatable performance as a woman on a romantic journey, while Josh Duhamel’s charisma adds to the film’s romantic appeal.

The movie’s picturesque and enchanting setting in Rome provides a romantic backdrop for the story, further adding to its whimsical charm.

“While When in Rome” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release, it found an audience among fans of romantic comedies. The film’s blend of comedy, fantasy, and romance makes it an entertaining and heartwarming choice for viewers looking for a feel-good romantic escapade.

Additional Details


  • Kristen Bell: Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Martin
  • Josh Duhamel: Nick Beamon
  • Alexis Dziena: Joan Martin
  • Peggy Lipton: Priscilla Martin
  • Luca Calvani: Umberto
  • Jon Heder: Lance
  • Danny DeVito: Al Russo
  • Dax Shepard: Gale
  • Will Arnett: Antonio Donatelo
  • Anjelica Huston: Celeste
  • Kate Micucci: Stacey
  • Don Johnson: Beth’s father
  • Bobby Moynihan: Puck
  • Kristen Schaal: Alona
  • Lee Pace: Brady Sacks
  • Alexa Havins: Lacey
  • Francesco De Vito: Taxi Driver
  • Efren Ramirez: Juan
  • Keir O’Donnell: Priest


  • Director: Mark Steven Johnson
  • Producers: Mark Steven Johnson, Gary Foster and Andrew Panay
  • Writer: Mark Steven Johnson, David Diamond and David Weissman

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