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Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Written by Frankie Lymon, Herman Santiago and Jimmy Merchant
Produced by Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott)
Co-produced by Gerard Thomas and Donald "Lenny" Holmes
Performed by Gina Thompson featuring Mocha
Gina Thompson appears courtesy East West Records/Elekta Entertainment Group
Mocha appears courtesy The Gold Mind, Inc./Elektra Entertainment Group See more »
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is somewhat flawed and takes quite a lot of artistic liberties, but it's always fun to watch. Larenz Tate isn't entirely convincing as Frankie Lymon--I guess they just cast him because he's real short. The concert scenes and TV appearances where he sings are noticeably lip-synched and look pretty cheesy. But acting-wise Tate did a fine job. Obviously, they didn't really delve into his drug addiction, to keep with its light-hearted feel. So we don't get to experience the heavy drama of Lymon's short life. The actresses were good--Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox and Lela Rochon. Their performances were equally effective and amusing. The great Little Richard has some spirited cameos. He definitely brought the mood of the film to an all-time high. I just wish he could've been in it for longer than 10 minutes. The whole movie basically concentrates on the romantic-comedy portions of Lymon's life--some true, some fabricated. There were some dramatic moments, but they occur mostly towards the end. But I got a lot of laughs and the film just has a fitfully satisfying upbeat tone. Of course, I LOVED the music. I have to admit that was one of the main reasons I enjoyed it so much.
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is a moderately loose portrayal of Lymon's life, but it makes great entertainment.
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