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Kissing a Fool (1998)

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Screwball romantic comedy about a philandering sportswriter who wants his fiancee to remain faithful, so he enlists his best friend to test her fidelity - with unexpected results.

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Doug Ellin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Schwimmer ... Max Abbitt
Jason Lee ... Jay Murphy
Mili Avital ... Samantha Andrews
Bonnie Hunt ... Linda Streicher
Vanessa Angel ... Natasha
Kari Wuhrer ... Dara
Frank Medrano ... Cliff Randal
Bitty Schram ... Vicki Pelam
Judy Greer ... Andrea
Ron Beattie ... Priest
Doug Ellin ... Bartender / Springer Guest
Tag Mendillo Tag Mendillo ... Wedding Guest at Bar / Springer Guest
Justine Bentley Justine Bentley ... Beautiful Woman at Bar
Liza Cruzat Liza Cruzat ... Dara's Friend #1
Jessica Mills Jessica Mills ... Dara's Friend #2
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Storyline

Max is a popular local sports broadcaster and his marriage with attractive Sam is already set up. Max is not sure he wants Sam to be his wife and offers his best friend Jay a test: Jay will try to seduce Sam and if he fails Max will have enough trust in Sam to go on with a marriage. Jay refuses, but soon they become professionally connected with Sam. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Namoro a Três See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,308,145, 1 March 1998

Gross USA:

$4,106,588

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,106,588
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Production Designer Charles William Breen plays Jay's literary agent at his book signing. See more »

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In the opening scene, it sounds like the preacher is pronouncing them "Husbands and Wife." To be fair, he may be saying "Husbance", but it is definitely not "Husband." See more »

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Max Abbitt: I thought we agreed not to set each other up anymore.
Jay Murphy: No, I agreed not to let you set me up anymore after that girl who you said was perfect for me tied me up and came out with that hood and cane and offered to beat the shit out of me.
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References Tonight! (1953) See more »

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We Are In Love
Written by Harry Connick Jr. (uncredited)
Performed by Harry Connick Jr.
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I was the fool for watching this...
16 August 1999 | by tim_buk2See all my reviews

The story opens with a bride and groom kissing at their marriage service but you only get to see the face of the bride. This is a clue for us. We are going to have to figure out as we watch the film which guy is going to end up being the groom. The picture on the front of the video box has already showed us a bride being kissed from one side by Schwimmer and simultaneously from the other by Lee so we know the race for romance is going to be between the two of them. (This release, with Dutch subtitles, has a different picture to the US video/ IMDb picture.)

Yet in the first five minutes Linda the publisher tells us, not once, but twice that she introduced the bride and groom. We cut to a flashback of her introducing the two of them to each other, just in case we still don't get it. Then within another five minutes Jay the writer (Lee) is introducing Sam, his editor (Avital) to Max the sports caster and general foul-mouthed ignoramus (Schwimmer). IF the publisher is telling us the truth, doesn't this just kinda rule Max out of the contest for the first person to kiss the bride? Or have I missed something here?

This film is about as predictable as trying to guess which kind of white meat will feature most often on Thanksgiving dinner tables this year. I'll tell you; it will be turkey. And this movie sure is one.

But it is not just the plot and direction that are hugely lacking. Schwimmer is totally unbelievable and badly miscast as Max. His mouth moves, the words come out, but they lack any conviction whatsoever. The character of Jay the writer is such a whiney loser (with possibly the worst hairstyle in recent movie history) that I began to dread every screen appearance he made. He seemed to communicate in a series of whinging questions: "What are you doing here?" "So what??" "And??" I have absolutely no idea why the two of them were friends; they had nothing in common and were always bitching at each other. The script was very weak in places: Jay's explanation of why he had introduced Max to Sam provoked for me the biggest guffaw of the film (one of the very few). Best part of the film? The Harry Connick Jr. song over the opening credits.

Overall, it gets a 3; a waste of my time and money - it was I who was the FOOL for not reading Roger Ebert's review BEFORE going to the video shop. If you are looking for a nice romantic comedy get While You Were Sleeping, The Philadelphia Story, As Good As It Gets or anything else on the IMDb list of top 50 Romance films.


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