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KISSING A FOOL

SYNOPSIS:
Chicagoís favourite TV sportscaster and notorious womaniser, Max (David Schwimmer), meets literary editor Sam (Mili Avital), and it appears to be love at first sight. He packs his football posters and moves in with her. But three weeks later, Max is confronted with a vision of his future: love, marriage, kidsÖdeath. This is the last woman he is ever going to sleep with. Desperately trying to discover how he can know if he has met his match, he turns to his best friend, author Jay (Jason Lee), and pleads with him to test Sam to find out if she would cheat on him. Jay already has his own problems: his novel is a catharsis for his recent break-up with his girlfriend. He has been so pre-occupied with his own heartbreak, he hasnít wanted to look at anyone elseÖ until now.

"Kissing a Fool is a lightweight contemporary romantic comedy, whose structure is more promising than the tale itself. While the film offers reasonable entertainment value, mainly due to the charm of the players who will no doubt draw their audience from watchers of TV sit-coms, the script is contrived, improbable and heavy handed. Bonnie Hunt brings the same disarming charm and presence to her role of the match-making publisher, whose lavish home is the setting for the nuptuals, as she did in Jerry Maguire, providing the glue that bonds the characters together, while offering the explanation of how it all began. Set in Chicago, itís urban, itís today, and very much like sit-com type characters who donít really behave like real people, but get in kinda clichee situations. Thereís male bonding, the pre-marriage commitment blues, lamenting over lost love and then realisation that it really never was, anyway. The two male characters are very different - Max is cocky, slick and superficial, Jay is sensitive, romantic and considerate. Put them together, and while it may not be true life, there are interesting moments. The topics are dating, romance and commitment. Mili Avital is delightful as Samantha, the gal caught in the middle. Kissing a Fool is helium cinema for the young and undemanding - one pay off is the jazzy sound track, with tracks by Harry Connnick Jr, Bad Company, The Mighty Blue Kings and Etta James."
Louise Keller

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KISSING A FOOL (M) (US)

CAST: David Schwimmer, Jason Lee, Mili Avital, Bonnie Hunt, Vanessa Angel, Kari Wuhrer, Frank Medrano, Bitty Schram, Judy Greet

DIRECTOR: Doug Ellin

PRODUCER: Tag Mendillo, Andrew Form, Rick Lashbrook

SCRIPT: James Frey, Doug Ellin (Story by Frey)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Thomas Del Ruth

EDITOR: David Finfer

MUSIC: Joseph Vitarelli

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Charles Breen

RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 21, 1998

VIDEO RELEASE: May 7, 1999
VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: CIC
RRP: $24.95







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