To Rome With Love


Woody Allen's Italian adventure is patchy but charming

When unfairly compared to Woody Allen’s oeuvre, in a career spanning over 40 films, To Rome With Love is a thin, ramshackle mess of pretentious self-parody.

Yet its four interspersed, unrelated stories of romance taking place in the Italian city still manage to charm, humour and entertain - three elements that don’t make a bad film.

Keeping it together is Alec Baldwin, whose sage architect John is the charismatic focus of four plots that aren’t all equally engrossing.

Allen’s own appearance, for instance, isn’t great - getting bogged down in his discovery of a funeral director who has a talent for singing in the shower.

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