I love Woody Allen movies for their narcissistic neurotic characters and of course Woodys wonderful quirky sense of humour. To Rome with Love has both in diluted form which makes it somewhat a tepid affair.
The story set in Rome traces the lives of different couples not interrelated to each other. The scene shifts randomly between the couples with Rome as the constant backdrop. The story is actually four stories and so I wont get into it here, except that it follows his regular themes of love, lust and relationships.
Only problem is that its all very watered down as if he is bored of going down the same road yet again. Woodys character of a retired music industry guy is neurotic in a hackneyed kind of way. Alec Baldwin plays the young architects inner being or ego or something that keeps talking to him and that is very irritating though he does have some very good lines. Penelope Cruz plays a hooker with relish.
Overall, its an ok film. The movie has some bright moments (the opera singer track being the highlight) and a few great dialogues and funny scenes. Not the best of Woody though. Recommended only for hard core fans