To Rome With Love (Sony, 2012) D: Woody Allen, w/ Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg. Rating: NNN; Blu-ray package: NN Rating: NNN
To Rome With Love is another of Woody Allen's light romantic comedies set in beautifully shot European cities - think Vicky Cristina Barcelona or Midnight In Paris.
Alec Baldwin and Jesse Eisenberg trade asides as Eisenberg's character gets helplessly drawn to unlikely femme fatale Ellen Page; a mix-up with a cellphone and a call girl causes havoc for a pair of newlyweds; an ordinary Italian office worker (Roberto Benigni) becomes a celebrity for no reason at all; a retired opera director (Allen) tries to make a guy who sings in the shower into a star.
The stories are slender. The real fun is in watching the cast, which also includes Judy Davis, Penélope Cruz, Alison Pill and Greta Gerwig, have fun with Allen's crisp dialogue, and enjoying the guided tour of Rome, whose chamber of commerce must have had a hand in the financing, people spend so much time gushing about the place.
The extras are brief and not especially informative.
EXTRAS Making-of interview clips. English, French audio. English, French, Spanish subtitles.