TO ROME WITH LOVE
Cheating in the Eternal City
Release Date: June 22, 2012
Starring: Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Jesse
Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Ellen
Page, Greta Gerwig, Penelope
Cruz, Roberto Benigni
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics/Sony
Director: Woody Allen
Producer: Letty Aronson, Stephen
Tenenbaum, Giampaolo Letta,
Writer: Woody Allen
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The story follows four sets of people visiting or living in Rome who get caught up in romantic and professional misadventures.
Among the lead characters are a newlywed couple, Antonio and Milly, who get lost from each other just as Antonio’s relatives are coming to visit for the first time. Mistakenly, a prostitute is sent to Antonio’s room. The woman winds up pretending she’s Antonio’s wife for his confused relatives. Eventually, they wind up having a sexual rendezvous off camera. Meanwhile, Milly is nearly seduced by a movie star on a movie set, bit winds up having a fling with the man who robs him.
At the same time, a young American architect, Jack, living with his long-time girlfriend unsuccessfully tries to fight off a seductive friend of hers. Meanwhile, he also befriends his favorite architect hero, played by Alec Baldwin.
In the third story, Jerry, an American atheist played by Woody Allen, meets the father of his daughter’s Italian bridegroom. Jerry gets involved with the future father-in-law’s dreams of being a singer.
Finally, Leopoldo, an Italian man played by Roberto Benigni, finds sudden fame. The instant fame goes to his head. He cheats on his wife and family, then has to run from the paparazzi.
There are a few clean, well-deserved laughs in TO ROME WITH LOVE. The funniest situation, perhaps, is the story involving the Italian father-in-law trying to find a way to become a professional singer. The problem is, he sings best only when he’s in the shower. In this story, Woody Allen pokes light fun at his atheism in one scene. He also makes fun of the communist attitudes of his future son-in-law.
However, there are too many characters in TO ROME WITH LOVE. Also, the movie seems to celebrate extra-marital affairs and infidelity to one’s girlfriend, though in a comical way. In fact, most of the movie’s relationships lead to an affair. TO ROME WITH LOVE also contains some crude language, but half of the movie is in Italian with subtitles. This seems to cut down on that. That said, media-wise viewers probably will want to avoid TO ROME WITH LOVE, unlike Allen’s previous movie, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.
There are a few clean, well-deserved laughs in TO ROME WITH LOVE. However, it has too many characters. Worse, almost all of the male-female relationships result in affairs. TO ROME WITH LOVE also contains some crude language, but half of it is in Italian with subtitles. This seems to cut down on that. That said, media-wise viewers probably will want to avoid TO ROME WITH LOVE.