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Woody Allen's romantic escapism

Lovers meet by chance by Trevi Fountain, tourists wander cobblestone streets cascading with ivy, a band plays Volare on The Spanish Steps, sheltering from a thunder storm in the Roman Baths - it's full of corny cliches, but To Rome With Love is a playful adventure worth watching.


Woody Allen himself features in his 42nd film as a director, after the super successful Midnight in Paris, last year. He has collected a star studded cast together for this one - guys will enjoy watching the saucy Penelope Cruz in her gorgeous red outfit and girls will fall for all the romantic Italian men on scooters. Actors Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Judy Davis, Alec Baldwin and Roberto Benigni all make the film a delight.


Four stories interweave throughout the film, which worked for me, but my friend found it too disjointed and confusing. Allen takes a dig at the ridiculous behaviour of the paparazzi, slots in some soaring opera, plenty of outdoor cafes, a tour of the Vatican, accidental meetings with movie stars, architecture student capers and life inside an average Roman apartment. To Rome With Love has plenty of snappy one liners to make you smile (or cringe) and does a great job painting Rome in a magical light.

Anyone into romantic European escapism should watch the trailer here and see the film asap. Be warned, you might walk out of this film wanting to board the next flight to Italy.
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I saw this movie on the plane only because I loved Midnight in Paris. I didn't like the movie as I found the stories unrelated and no flow from one to the other, I am glad didn't waste money to go actually to see it in the cinema, very disappointing.
Go see the "Intouchable" instead now that is an incredible movie worth seeing more than once!
by medi_ (score: 1|34) 2164 days ago
I agree!
by mirei (score: 0|2) 2156 days ago
That's interesting. I didn't quite know what to expect from this movie but I found it delightful and very funny! I think Woody Allen's performance got a bit annoying at times (he portrays an embarrassing father rather too well), but aside from that I thought it was really great (and yes, it really does produce a strong yearning to go to Italy).
by Rafahm (score: 1|43) 2155 days ago
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