Kissing a Fool (1998)


“True love cannot be found where it does not truly exist, nor can it be hidden where it truly does.” – Max Abbit

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Cable in the 90’s and 25 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Two best friends, a sportscaster and a writer vie for the same women.

My Take on it – This is a rom-com that fails to deliver in so many aspects.

None of the characters are developed in more than a superficial way and that makes it harder to really care about any of them or about what they do.

The cast is quite talented yet they are wasted here.

David Schwimmer is miscast in this kind of role and doesn’t come across genuine enough because it is so far removed from the kind of lovable characters he usually plays.

Mili Avital and Jason Lee are also great actors but one wouldn’t know it by watching them in this film.

None of the three leads have any chemistry with one another and it’s sometimes painful watching them together onscreen.

The story is quite boring and doesn’t really take us anywhere new.

The choice to tell this story in flashback works well in helping to keep the mystery open, but the best part of it is the fact that we get a few short scenes with Bonnie Hunt in them who is completely wasted here in a small and unexpanded role.

Bottom Line – Really boring rom-com that doesn’t work because of the casting and the personalities of the characters. Schwimmer is a great comedic actor, but his choice to play a role so far removed from what he usually plays is detrimental to his character and the overall plot. None of the three main characters have any chemistry with one another despite all of them being accomplished and talented actors. The choice to tell the story in flashback works well in keeping the story a bit surprising and open ended throughout and its fun seeing Hunt in a small yet unexplored role which could have been expanded.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – David 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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One thought on “Kissing a Fool (1998)

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