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French Kiss (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 May 1995 (USA)
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A woman flies to France to confront her straying fiancé, but gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her for smuggling.

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Kate
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Inspector Jean-Paul Cardon
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Bob
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Juliette
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Lilly
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Laurent Spielvogel ...
Concierge
Victor Garrivier ...
Octave
Élisabeth Commelin ...
Claire (as Elizabeth Commelin)
Julie Leibowitch ...
Olivia
Miquel Brown ...
Sgt. Patton
Louise Deschamps ...
Jean-Paul's Girl
Olivier Curdy ...
Jean-Paul's Boy
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Storyline

Kate and Charlie have a perfect life planned out before them: buying a house, marriage, kids, the whole works. Kate's fear of flying keeps her in Canada while Charlie goes to Paris for a medical convention. While there Charlie is smitten by the lovely Juliette. He calls off the wedding with Kate and she nervously boards a plane to get him back. She ends up sitting next to the petty French thief Luc Teyssier. He hides a stolen necklace and smuggled grape vine in her bag to get it through customs. Her bag is stolen, the necklace apparently lost, and Kate and Luc head to Cannes -- Luc to find the necklace and Kate get Charlie back. Along the way, Kate and Luc begin having feelings for each other -- which change the course of their lives. Written by poco loco

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Kate's stuck in a place where anything can happen with a guy who'll make sure that it does

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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5 May 1995 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£2,233,239 (UK) (17 November 1995)

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$38,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The slogan for U Can Fly read: "Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself". See more »

Goofs

When Kate sits down next to Jean-Paul in Cannes, her left sleeve is scrunched up when she sits down, but between shots of Luc walking away and it cutting back to her, it is pulled down. See more »

Quotes

Luc: Kate.
Kate: [hopefully] Yes?
Luc: You are not afraid to fly any more? You are thinking of your little stone cottage?
Kate: It's on a hillside next to a beautiful vineyard. But that's not really what I'm thinking about.
Luc: What are you thinking about?
Kate: You.
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One of the crew members is credited as "Big Cheese." See more »

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Verlaine
Performed by Charles Trenet
Poem by Paul Verlaine
Music by Charles Trenet
Courtesy of EMI France under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Delightful romantic comedy, this Frenchman's a charmer
8 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a really cute little romantic comedy. The story revolves around a young history teacher, Kate, who's afraid of flying but forces herself to hop on a plane for Paris to try and win back her fiancé, Charlie, who has dumped her for a gorgeous French woman. However, her seat mate on the plane happens to be a charming French crook named Luc, who uses the unsuspecting Kate to smuggle his stolen diamond necklace for him. Then, casting himself as an expert in affairs of the heart, he resolves to help Kate win back her man, later complicated by the fact that he falls for her himself.

Their adventures across France, from Paris to Cannes, in pursuit of the fiancé and his new girlfriend, make for some pretty amusing scenes. The plot is livened up by the repercussions of Luc's larcenous tricks, little sub-plots with a fellow con artist and a cop who owes him a favour. My sole complaint with this movie is a couple of unnecessary f-words and a fair bit of profanity, especially on Kate's part (taking the Lord's name in vain), reflective of the screenwriters' laziness in avoiding clever dialogue in these scenes.

Meg Ryan is her usual cute, bubbly, rather ditsy self in the role of Kate and Timothy Hutton is suitably obnoxious and despicable as Charlie, the fiancé who dumped her. However, the real star of this film is Kevin Kline, who puts genuine charm into the role of this rakishly endearing thief, Luc, and demonstrates an extremely credible French accent, in my opinion. His entire persona here makes it difficult to believe that Kline isn't really French. He must have had a fantastic language coach! Also, there is great on screen chemistry between Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline.

It's a delightful, light hearted film, a good date movie, and not necessarily just a chick flick as my husband enjoyed it too.


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