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Kissing a Fool (1998)

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Screwball romantic comedy about a philandering sportswriter who wants his fiancee to remain faithful, so he enlists his best friend to test her fidelity - with unexpected results.

Director:

Doug Ellin

Writers:

James Frey (story), James Frey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Schwimmer ... Max Abbitt
Jason Lee ... Jay Murphy
Mili Avital ... Samantha Andrews
Bonnie Hunt ... Linda Streicher
Vanessa Angel ... Natasha
Kari Wuhrer ... Dara
Frank Medrano ... Cliff Randal
Bitty Schram ... Vicki Pelam
Judy Greer ... Andrea
Ron Beattie ... Priest
Doug Ellin ... Bartender / Springer Guest
Tag Mendillo Tag Mendillo ... Wedding Guest at Bar / Springer Guest
Justine Bentley Justine Bentley ... Beautiful Woman at Bar
Liza Cruzat Liza Cruzat ... Dara's Friend #1
Jessica Mills Jessica Mills ... Dara's Friend #2
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Storyline

Max is a popular local sports broadcaster and his marriage with attractive Sam is already set up. Max is not sure he wants Sam to be his wife and offers his best friend Jay a test: Jay will try to seduce Sam and if he fails Max will have enough trust in Sam to go on with a marriage. Jay refuses, but soon they become professionally connected with Sam. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Film debut of Judy Greer. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, it sounds like the preacher is pronouncing them "Husbands and Wife." To be fair, he may be saying "Husbance", but it is definitely not "Husband." See more »

Quotes

[on Jay putting an end to Max's hedonistic lifestyle]
Jay Murphy: I mean, Max, you don't wanna become that fourty-year-old guy who's still out at the clubs with the silk shirt and gold chains trying to pick up on college girls, do you?
Max Abbitt: Of course not, Jay... at forty, I wanna be the bald guy with a pony-tail and a Harley trying to pick up High School girls.
Jay Murphy: You're an idiot.
Max Abbitt: Yet you're the one in therapy.
Jay Murphy: You're the one who SHOULD be.
Max Abbitt: Maybe you can get me in! I've always wanted to pay a hundred bucks an hour ...
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Learn to Love
Written by Harry Connick Jr.
Performed by Harry Connick Jr.
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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I gave this movie a four. why?
4 December 2000 | by changingshadesSee all my reviews

Because the only redeemable quality in this film is Jason Lee. His brand of comedy is one of those who you either love or hate. David Schwimmer is the worst I have ever seen him in this movie. Go see All the rage if you want to see him as a good actor. Even his work on Friends is better. This movie is only to be watched if your girlfriend makes you.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kissing a Fool See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,308,145, 1 March 1998

Gross USA:

$4,106,588

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,106,588
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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