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Fools Rush In (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 February 1997 (USA)
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After a one night stand with Isabel, Alex 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 <>

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An impulsive love story. 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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Carlos Gomez, who plays Chuy, is in the episode of Friends, The One with all the jealousy from 1997. He plays Julio, the poet/diner waiter who dates Monica. See more »


When the inspector's car is smashed by the blue cube, the wreck in the second shot presents different damage. Also the shadows are cast in other direction. See more »


Isabel Fuentes: Love is a gift, Alex, not an obligation.
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Referenced in Royal Pains: Fools Russian (2012) See more »


Written by Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport) & Eddie Cooley
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Excellent Movie - one to watch over and over
18 June 2004 | by (California Wine Country) – See all my reviews

I'd seen this movie several times on some of the cable channels and liked it well enough that I went and bought the DVD. Since I received it, I found that the overall theme of the movie is learning to love someone else more than yourself. Yes, there are elements of two cultures colliding (and that's not just the Mexican American culture colliding with the WASPs but also a strong theme of east coast versus west coast) but that simply allows the showcasing of some of the best (and funniest) aspects of each.

In the end, it is the strong performances by Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry that make the movie so special. The scene where Salma is going to go to the bathroom and Matthew leaves (and is brought back by Salma with her underwear down around her knees) is particularly delightful. I laughed so hard at the scene where Matthew is brought home full of cactus and says "Lucy you've got some explaining to do" that my wife came in to see if I had hurt myself.

All in all a very pleasant experience.

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