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Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)

Three women each claim to be the widow of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon, claiming legal rights to his estate.

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In the mid-1980s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager Morris Levy. One is a singer from Los Angeles, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philadelphia; one teaches high school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be the widow of long-dead doo-wop singer-songwriter Frankie Lyman, and each wants years of royalties due to his estate, money Levy has never shared. During an ensuing civil trial, flashbacks tell the story of each one's life with Lyman, a boyish, high-pitched, dynamic performer, lost to heroin. Slowly, the three widows come together and establish their own bond. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$3,946,382 (USA) (28 August 1998)

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$12,413,650 (USA) (30 October 1998)
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The dog that is dropped out of the window also appeared in As Good as It Gets (1997). See more »

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Elizabeth Waters testified in court that she first met Frankie in 1961, but in the flashback to their first meeting, the music playing on the department store stereo is "Walk On The Wild Side", not released in 1962. See more »

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Frankie Lymon: [after receiving a restaurant bill] You better let me take care of this. Cause if you haven't heard, my record's #3!
[Teenagers yell in agreement]
Zola Taylor: No, you better let ME take of this. Cause if you haven't heard, MY record's #1!
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Purple Haze
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The Melodramatic Bio-Picture: Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
5 September 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (1998) was an interesting picture about the troubled life of Frankie Lymon. Three women claiming to be his wife are in court to fight over his meager estate. Gregory Nava (fresh off of SELENA) does a better job in capturing the lost soul that was Frankie Lymon. But he just scratches the surface of this very bizarre and complicated individual. Larenz Tate does one hell of a job in the role of Frankie. His wives (Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon) are very good in their roles. An entertaining film that I wished was more in depth.

A good start but it needs to be fleshed out some more. Maybe Mr. Nava should have focused more on the group when they were younger and rising through the top of the charts. A younger actor would have been helpful as well (Frankie Lymon was a small dude). But the film wasn't all that bad, they even showed us a side of Mr. Lymon I never even knew existed. Not an offensive film, just a nice timer waster.

Recommended.


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