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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuy (as Carlos Gomez)
Tomas Fuentes
Lanie (as Siobhan Fallon)
Richard Whitman
Judd Marshall
Cathy Stewart
Nan Whitman
Angelina Torres ...
Great Grandma (as Angelina Calderon Torres)
Debby Shively ...
Donna, Construction Secretary
Juan Fuentes
Annie Combs ...
Dr. Lisa Barnes, OBGYN


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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What if finding the love of your life meant changing the life that you loved? See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un impulsivo y loco amor  »

Box Office


$29,291,566 (USA) (11 July 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


For Alex's Birthday Isabelle has his mother help her out with a gift from his favorite hotdog place in New York, "Gray's Papaya" which is an actual restaurant in New York. See more »


When Isabella drops Alex off after meeting her family, she pulls her truck in one way and her tires are facing one way. But when she backs up her tires are facing the opposite direction, making it easier for her to back up. See more »


Priest on Street: There are signs everywhere.
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Referenced in HBO First Look: Fools Rush In (1997) See more »


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Written by Bert Kaempfert, Kurt Schwabach & Milton Gabler (as Milt Gabler)
Performed by Wayne Newton
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Now this is what I call a `romantic comedy'
14 February 2004 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

Sometimes the mood one is in at a given moment is just right for the film you are about to see. This, obviously, has its setbacks. One night you are just not in the mood, and you write a film off as trash; another night, in a more favourable frame of mind, you lap up a film just loving it. This is of course pre-emptive and subjective: but we are all human. We all have our foibles and manias. So if you forgive me for dismissing out of hand all those delightfully dreadful romantic comedies with Richard Gere or Hugh Grant, whoever the delicious young lady may be playing with them, without forgetting Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, as being pure unadulterated slush, we might meet on level terms and wade in where fools fear to tread.

I just love Salma Hayek.

She is not only superbly gorgeous to look at - those deep Mexican-Lebanese eyes just keep you enchanted throughout - but she is also pretty good at acting. That, together with a nicely-told story with intelligent directing and dialogues which do not fall flat on their face helps make `Fools Rush in' stand out above the rest of the ilk. Firstly the film does not try to be sickly funny. It does not make ireful bile rise into your throat. Perhaps Matthew Perry is not the exact partner for the role, but the chemistry between him and Salma Hayek seems to hold together fairly well. The story is also an indictment into situations which must be arising daily: especially in the United States of America where racial intolerance can become highly murky. A white New-Yorker falls in love with a Mexican girl. Well, if they are all like Salma Hayek, I would not be at all surprised. I would, too. But sociological barriers - in the Mexican family also, with a wonderful interpretation here by Angelina Calderón Torres - produce the logical but hypocritical obstacles which still persist in what for me should be classified as erstwhile societies.

A film I shall see again, which for me must be unique among films called romantic comedies. But there is just that something in the petite thirty-year-old Salma Hayek which lifts me heart and soul into clouds of surrealistic fantasy, that has me fascinated, enchanted.

Therefore any objective commenting on this film is out of the question for me. Tut, tut, my lad.

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