'To Rome With Love' is Woody Allen's follow-up to 2011's 'Midnight in Paris,' a film that earned him a Best Director Oscar nomination. Allen continues his jaunt through Europe in 'Rome,' a movie that features four vignettes, including the story of an architect, John, (Baldwin) who befriends Jack (Eisenberg): a young man living in Rome with his girlfriend, Sally (Gerwig). Things get really complicated when Sally's bisexual friend, Monica (Page) arrives. Another story features Penelope Cruz as Italian prostitute Anna, a woman mistakenly "hired" by Antonio. Woody Allen and Judy Davis star as Jerry and Phyllis. Jerry is a former opera director. When he meets his daughter, Hayley's fiancee, Michelangelo, he's less than impressed. Michelangelo's father, Giancarlo, however, is another story: It turns out that Giancarlo, a mortician, is actually an amazing opera singer. Jerry decides to try and push Giancarlo towards the stage -- not just for Giancarlo's sake, but for his own.
In Dollars, It's Less
Jerry and Phyllis are a typical longtime couple, bickering through a vacation in Rome. Judy Davis, who plays Phyllis in 'To Rome With Love,' has appeared in several notable past Woody Allen movies, including the 1992 drama 'Husbands and Wives.'
Jerry: "You know, you married a very bright guy. I've got a 150-160 IQ."
Phyllis: "You're figuring it in Euros. In dollars, it's much less."
Sally's decision to let Monica stay with her proves disastrous for her relationship with Jack. Monica is newly single and ready to mingle, and she immediately sets her sights on Sally's boyfriend, Jack.
Sally: "My friend just broke up with her boyfriend...I told her she could stay with us. She's smart and funny...men just adore her. I think it's because of the sexual vibe that she gives off."
Monica (Ellen Page) and Jack (Jesse Eisenberg) are instantly attracted to each other. Jack's girlfriend, Sally (Greta Gerwig) is clueless to what's going on, but Jack's new friend John (Alec Baldwin) sees all and knows all. John has been here before (he lived in Rome as a young man, and fell in love there).
Monica: "I don't want to do it here."
John: "You're going to screw your best friend's boyfriend, does it really matter what the venue is?"
Monica: "You will never understand women."
John: "That's been proven..."