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Kissing a Fool (1998)

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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... See full summary »

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Doug Ellin

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adapted from Israeli series entitled Beit Ha'Mishalot (House of Wishes). The U.S. entry is a psychological drama where people are given the chance to relive defining experiences of their ... See full summary »

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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 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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dominatrix | chicago illinois | See All (2) »

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There are three sides to every love story. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Namoro a Três See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,308,145, 1 March 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,002,640, 15 March 1998
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Schwimmer received an executive producer credit on this picture as he contributed many notes for the screenplay overall--the idea to make his character a sportscaster, the location of Chicago and such. 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

[Speaking about a large book]
Jay Murphy: So read it then.
Max Abbitt: Read it? I can barely lift it!
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Connections

References Candid Camera (1960) See more »

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Grinnin' Like a Chessy Cat
Written by Ross Bon (uncredited)
Performed by The Mighty Blue Kings
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terribly underrated
29 April 1999 | by MoobySee all my reviews

This was a sweetheart of a movie. From a technical point of view, the photography was just right for the moments. If anyone has ever dismissed David Schwimmer as a pouty, whiny lout (such the characters from "FRIENDS" and "The Pallbearer"), take a good look at his Max in this and you'll see the complete opposite. Max is a vulgar, arrogant, misogynistic , bitter ass. His fellow player, Jason Lee, plays a pouty, whiny lout (as opposed to the vulgar, arrogant, misogynistic, bitter roles he was made famous by, in Brodie Bruce and Banky Edwards) who, as probably already told to you here on IMDb, is lorn of his slutty model girlfriend. Max has fallen for Sam, his attractive young publisher who he feels is too good to be true. So, he asks his best friend Jay (Lee) to see if Sam will hit on him, thus figuring out if she is the one. This test of course, is a thin veiled attempt to breach the contract called commitment, which blah blah blah, the story ends rather nicely. Not really what you expect. The flaw of this film is the forced conflicts presented, the rushed and implausible sequences that appear all too soon, and the unnecessary characters.

BUT I URGE YOU ALL READING THIS: GO RENT KISSING A FOOL! It, despite a few cons, is the kind of romantic comedy you hope for when you stand in line for "You've Got Mail" and get crap. Quirky, metropolitan, pampered, and concise, this flick will hit the spot, man.


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