I saw film number two over the weekend. I saw the Woody Allen film To Rome With Love on Pay-Per-View. I really liked this movie. It was quintessential Woody Allen. It was the story of four (or five) couples in Rome whose lives sometimes meet and two of whom don’t and their experiences in the Eternal City.
One couple is a middle class couple. The man suddenly finds himself famous for inexplicable reasons. Reporters follow him everywhere, wanting to know what he ate for breakfast, watching him shave. He gets a beautiful new secretary to accompany him to the theater and opera instead of his middle class wife. Then, just as suddenly, another middle class man become famous and this man goes back to his normal existence and he is happy for it.
A young American couple is visited by the best friend of the woman of the couple. Alec Baldwin, an American architect who formerly lived in their apartment, becomes the voice of conscience in this ménage à trois. The best friend makes a play for the boyfriend, as much as he loves his girlfriend, but then she get a part in a play in Los Angeles and Japan and off she goes without so much as a look back on her friends.
Then there is a young engaged couple, an American girl who is an art historian and the man who is a lawyer and an advocate of the poor, whose father is a mortician and sings in the shower. Woody Allen plays the girl’s American father, who wants to manage the father’s singing career. The only problem is that the father can only sing in the shower, so all the operas have to staged with the father in a shower stall, singing. The career is short-lived. But everyone is happy that he has had a brief fling with fame.
The last couple is a young married couple from the country who has come to Rome to meet relatives. The wife ventures out to have her hair done and gets hopelessly lost. She runs into a movie star and has a brief fling. Meanwhile, a prostitute shows up at their room just as her husband is changing and then the relatives show up and they pretend that the prostitute is the wife and she goes around the city with the relatives, to the Vatican in her skimpy dress and all the places they want to show them. Eventually they leave they back at the hotel. She leaves and the wife returns, and the young couple is reunited.
The movie switches back and forth between the many different couple throughout the movie and it is fast paced, as many Woody Allen movies are. It is a farce, as many of his movies are. It makes fun of the papparazzi. It pokes fun at the older, wiser voice of reason, Alec Baldwin (why is he constantly with this young couple?). It is a fun movie, not one of Allen’s best, but a fun movie, nonetheless.