Rome With Love
Woody Allen experienced a major career revival with last year's Midnight
In Paris, but can he maintain it?
No. Instead, Woody is channeling Garry Marshall as To Rome With Love
comes off like some surrealist version of Valentine's Day or New
Year's Eve. Woody presents several different stories, supposedly
about love, but not really all of them are like that, which is the
first indication To Rome With Love isn't going to work out.
Alec Baldwin is John - a successful architect visiting Rome and
remembering all of his youthful adventures in the magical city until he
runs into a young architect, Jack (Jesse Eisenberg), who needs some
guidance as he tries to deal with his girlfriend, Sally (Greta Gerwig)
and her visiting pal, Monica (Ellen Page).
Woody Allen stars as Jerry - a retired music impresario traveling to
Rome to meet his daughter's, Hayley (Alison Pill), new fiancée,
Michelangelo (Flavio Parenti). However, he gets distracted by a new
And then there are several other stories that just don't matter.
Sadly, To Rome With Love as the
follow up to Midnight in Paris reminds me of a great baseball
player who is in his declining years, has one, last amazing year making
everyone think he has beat Father Time, only to revert to the decline
To Rome With Love is a disjointed, strange and
often inexplicable movie. It has its funny moments, especially as Woody
Allen as an actor launches into that borscht belt shtick that he is so
good at, but the movie is an absurdist mess without much meaning and
You kind of think you know what is happening with John and Jack, but
never really get a clear indication.
There is a whole story about Roberto Begnini as a normal, everyday guy
who becomes super famous overnight, but is this story about the dangers
of fame just a tired retread of something you have seen before? Sure,
it is, which is why it's just not as funny as it needs to be.
Jerry's wild new business venture has some funny moments, but is too
crazy to be taken seriously at all.
This is the movie where one of my fellow critics stumbled in late,
almost sat on me, and fell into the seat next to me wreaking of booze
the entire night. Maybe I would have liked the movie better if I was
To Rome With Love is rated R for some sexual