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If you're a sucker for that romantic holiday just around the corner, you're the target audience for the new romantic comedy When In Rome (starring Kristen Bell, as an ambitious curator at the Guggenheim museum in Manhattan, and Josh Duhamel, as a roguish sports journalist), opening this weekend. The jaded, type-A New Yorker journeys to Rome, where she plucks coins from the "Fontana di Amore" (yes, it’s fictional; the Trevi Fountain is the Rome landmark lovers actually visit), resulting in amorous attention from a wacky assortment of suitors, including a sausage merchant, a street musician and Duhamel's reporter character.
Have you noticed that rom-coms about American women finding love abroad are a fun, if endlessly recycled, trend? In Europe alone: Amy Adams trekked through Ireland to follow her heart in this month's Leap Year, Parker Posey went to France for Mr. Right (Monseuir Right?) in 2007's Broken English, Cameron Diaz found love in the English countryside in 2006's The Holiday and Alexis Bledel met her dream date while visiting Greece in 2005's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
As moviegoers, perhaps we increasingly expect our love stories to include armchair travel. In the current economic recession -- according to Forbes Traveler, foreign travel for Americans decreased almost 8 percent last year -- we may not be able to jet to Italy, but we still love to live vicariously through women who see foreign lands and fall in love there.
In other words, as much as we want to see When in Rome's Bell and Duhamel fall for each other, we also want beautiful footage of the film's other leading lady -- the Italian capital itself. You have to admit, a $12 movie ticket beats a $1200 plane fare any day.
If you had the spare cash, what foreign country would you most like to travel to? Chime in below!