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Film review: 'Fools Rush In'

10 February 1997 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The pairing of "Friends" regular Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek ("Desperado") in a Southwestern-style romantic comedy has plenty of date-night appeal, but "Fools Rush In" is a disappointingly unendearing cinematic valentine from director Andy Tennant ("It Takes Two").

The Columbia Pictures wide release faces strong competition and won't be experiencing too heavy a rush at the boxoffice, although it may generate respectable crossover business with Latino audiences and perform well on video.

Written by Katherine Reback and based on the real-life courtship of producer Doug Draizin and co-producer Anna Maria Davis, "Fools" sets up a hustling New Yorker (Perry) with an aspiring Latina photographer (Hayek) for a broad but often blandly executed round of multicultural gags and tame drama.

Although both leads give engaging performances, as manic romantics they never really achieve orbital velocity.

After a one-night stand, she leaves him flat. A new guy in her hometown of Vegas, he oversees construction of a new nightclub and confides with an equally well-groomed city slicker (Jon Tenney).

Months later, Hayek's pregnant believer-in-fate shows up and Perry's honorable unbeliever falls in love with her.

The lovers get hitched with the help of an Elvis impersonator, but she doesn't know that he plans to return to New York. He also insults her in front of his nosy country-club parents John Bennett Perry, Jill Clayburgh) and almost runs into serious trouble with her former fiance (Carlos Gomez) and father.

Despite the glitzy Vegas locations and several scenes filmed at Hoover Dam, the film lacks visual pizazz. The soundtrack includes some 20 pop songs -- from vintage Presley to the Iguanas.


Sony Pictures Releasing

Columbia Pictures

A Doug Draizin production

An Andy Tennant film

Director Andy Tennant

Writer Katherine Reback

Producer Doug Draizin

Executive producer Michael McDonnell

Director of photography Robbie Greenberg

Production designer Edward Pisoni

Editor Roger Bondelli

Costume designer Kimberly A. Tillman

Co-producer Anna Maria Davis

Music Alan Silvestri

Casting Juel Bestrop



Alex Matthew Perry

Isabel Salma Hayek

Jeff Jon Tenney

Nan Jill Clayburgh

Running time -- 109 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13


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