When In Rome: What’s the Risk?

February 3, 2010 | NeW Staff

I went with my dad, again, on opening night to see yet another chick-flick.  This time I convinced him to see When In Rome staring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel.  A workaholic, Beth, (Bell) goes to Rome for her impulsive sister’s wedding and meets the best man, Nick (Duhamel), but by the end of the evening, she is taking 5 coins out of the Trevi Fountain in an attempt to save these 5 people from heartache.  However, things do not go as planned.  When Beth took the coins from the Trevi Fountain, the owners of the coins fell in love with her.  They even followed her back to New York in an effort to win her love.  By the end of the movie, Beth realizes that the only person that she really loves is Nick.  

My dad thought When In Rome was an extremely girly movie, but I think that this movie, more than any other movie I have written about, has some truth to it.  At the end of the movie, in Beth’s epiphany, she finally admits to herself that she loves Nick more than she loves her job.  Beth has a really great job–she is a young, successful museum curator.  She is a woman; she is not too focused on her job that she is constantly trying to prove herself to her male coworkers.  She is guarded and afraid of getting hurt.  For years, she has put her job before the men in her life.  She was skeptical of the reality of love.  Nick changed things.  She became vulnerable and empowered the moment that she realized she loved Nick.  When walking with her dad trying to think through her relationship with Nick, he tells her “the passion is in the risk.”  

Do you think that the passion is in the risk?  Honestly, I am not even sure what that means.  Is her father only implying that the passion only exists when you are falling in love?  NeW Blog Readers, I want your input.  Do you think that Beth’s Dad is right?
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