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Fools Rush In (1997)

After a one night stand with Alex, Isabel realizes that she is pregnant and they decide to get married. However, along with the marriage comes compromise of one's own cultural traditions.

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Jeff
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Chuy (as Carlos Gomez)
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Tomas Fuentes
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Lanie (as Siobhan Fallon)
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Richard Whitman
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Judd Marshall
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Cathy Stewart
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Amalia
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Nan Whitman
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Great Grandma (as Angelina Calderon Torres)
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Donna, Construction Secretary
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Juan Fuentes
Annie Combs ...
Dr. Lisa Barnes, OBGYN
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Sparks fly and cultures collide in this romantic comedy about a casual night of passion that turns into the love of a lifetime. Alex Whitman is a New Yorker sent to Las Vegas to oversee a construction project. There he meets Isabel Fuentes, and some serious chemistry brings them together for one night. But Alex doesn't see Isabel again until three months later, when he learns she is pregnant. On a whim and prayer, he proposes. However, there's more to marriage than a Vegas chapel and an Elvis impersonator, as Alex and Isabel soon learn. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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An impulsive love story. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sensuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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14 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un impulsivo y loco amor  »

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$29,291,566 (USA) (11 July 1997)
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Jennifer Lopez was offered the role of Isabel Fuentes but turned it down in favor of Anaconda (1997). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie when Isabel slams on her brakes on the Hoover Dam, her toenails are not painted. When she is sitting in the ambulance after giving birth, they are painted a dark red. See more »

Quotes

Tracey Burnham: Jeff, hon, would you get us some ice?... And while you're at it put some scotch in it.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Linda Guerita
Written by D. Cenorio Hernandez & Carl Finch
Performed by Brave Combo
Courtesy of Rounder Records
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Romance vs. culture clash
3 July 2006 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

One of the better romance stories about star crossed lovers from differing cultural backgrounds. It's not exactly a new premise, but the chemistry, acting, and comedic talents of Salma Hayek, Matthew Perry, and a strong supporting cast make this among the better of romantic dramedies.

Isabel (Hayek) is a working class Latin, Alex (Perry) is a rich New Yorker. They meet in Vegas, and as the title suggests, rush in to a Vegas quickie wedding complete with Elvis. Then the culture clash sparks begin.

However, what could be a tiresome cliché-fest of stereotyping, quickly develops into a pleasing character study of the leads and their respective families. Isabel's father at first acts erratically, almost as a comic relief, but the story properly elevates him to be a very strong, sympathetic, and positive character. Many of the other supporting characters are very likable, as well. Alex's elitist parents are more of an obstacle, and provide some interesting conflict.

It would be easy to dismiss this story as a typical love conquers all routine, but much more happens than that. I love the symbolism of such landmarks as the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam (including the state line located there), New York, Las Vegas and how they are used in the story. In the case of Vegas, the music of entertainers associated with it is integrated well into the emotional moments. Isabel's flight to her grandmother's house is an endearing sequence, and the "Donka Schoen" scene was very touching. You really feel for the lover who gets rejected in the latter.

Perfect date movie; highly recommended.


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