The ladies, they love them some Italy. If there's anything more blandly comforting—more simultaneously soothing and brain-freezing—than a jumbo scoop of gelato, it's an Italy-set romantic comedy. And it seems we've never been more in the mood for them: we started with May's Letters to Juliet, indulged in June's I Am Love, and now here we are in August, sating our craving with Eat Pray Love.
As a genre, this brand of rom-com has generated some high highs—Roman Holiday! A Room With a View! Enchanted April!—as well as some supremely silly cinema. So hop on your Vespa, and let's take a tour—shall we?