In Rome, all is a story. Written and directed by Woody Allen, To Rome With Love follows four different concurrent but completely unrelated plotlines that all take place in Rome.
In one story an American tourist goes to Rome for a summer and falls in love with an Italian lawyer while she’s there. After the two of them become engaged, her parents fly to Italy to meet the fiancé and his parents. Her father hears his father singing in the shower, and does his best to bring the man’s operatic talents to the world.
Meanwhile Italian newlyweds Antonio and Milly have moved to Rome from the countryside. While Milly gets lost in the city, Antonio gets mistaken for a client by a prostitute. The story, which gets quite convoluted from there, involves the prostitute pretending to be the wife, the wife getting entangled with a famous actor, and more.
Story number three involves Leopoldo, a clerk who wakes up one day to discover that he has inexplicably become a celebrity. Paparazzi trail him, seeking to film and document his every move. What has he had for breakfast? Can we watch you shave? The attention is non-stop until – suddenly – it ends.
Finally, we see the story of John, a well-known architect, who takes a trip back to the street where he lived as a student thirty years ago. While checking out his old haunts he meets Jack, an American architecture student. John gets tangled up in a story that involves John, his girlfriend Sally and Sally’s best friend Monica. With the sexual vibe nearly overwhelming, it’s hard to guess who is going to sleep with (or be tempted to sleep with) who next.
Written and directed by Woody Allen, To Rome With Love stars Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. The Comedy/Drama, which is rated R for some sexual references, had a limited release on June 22, 2012 by Sony Pictures Classics.