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


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) »


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


Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Production Designer Charles William Breen plays Jay's literary agent at his book signing. See more »


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 »


Max Abbitt: You stick with the Virgin Mary, and remember, if you fuck it up again, you're back to Italy doing another romance novel.
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References The Tonight Show (1953) See more »


Written by Hamish Cowan
Performed by Cordrazine
Courtesy of Rubber Records
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30 August 1999 | by roland-27See all my reviews

Kissing A Fool will be either loved or hated by audiences. Myself, I loved it. Jason Lee is a great actor who should be noticed more. Milli Avital is gorgeous, and a good actress, but the real star of this is David Schwimmer. I was actually surprised at the amount of swearing coming from his mouth, but after a while I got used to it. His character is obnoxious, but at the same time, interesting.

The story is about as twisted as you can get. Recent husband to be Max(schwimmer) is a womanising Sports presenter on television who asks his best friend Jay(lee) to "check" to see if recent wife to be is a cheater or not. Things are complicated, however, when Jay falls in love with her.

Schwimmer is amazing. Not only does he get rid of the Ross shadow on Friends, but also manages to plunge straight into a decent film. Rating=4/5

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Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,308,145, 1 March 1998

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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