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Festivale online magazine, May, 1998
Kissing a Fool movie review
Kissing a Fool

Told in flashbacks narrated by Bonnie Hunt, Kissing a Fool is the story of a man whose doubt brings him his comeupance.

Kissing a Fool is a great example of how a poor costume, or in this case, piece of 'business' distracts from the performances. During the film Hunt awkwardly and obviously covers her wrists. In the press kit the filmmakers claimed this indicated that she was protecting herself, but it looked more like she was covering up scars or bandages.

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Detail, Bonnie Hunt, Movie still, Kissing a Fool, Festivale movie review The plot line of this vehicle for Friend's David Schwimmer is a classic variation of the two guys and a girl story. Bloke number one (Jason Lee) is a romantically-challenged writer who introduces his lovely, clever editor to his commitment-challenged best friend -- a sports newscaster (Schwimmer).

The two fall for each other, despite the fact that Schwimmer's character is so shallow that he can't read a complete menu, much less a thought-provoking novel. Being a slut from way back, Schwimmer finds it hard to believe that his new love will be faithful so he asks his horrified friend to try to seduce her.

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The usual comedy of errors ensues, brightened by the occasional good line, and dulled by the over-exposed premise. The whole flashback structure is designed to make us wonder, who is marrying whom, but do we really have any doubt?

If you want a film that does play a good trick with the who's the groom, check out Bye, Bye Love

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Title: Kissing a Fool (1998)
Written by: James Frey & Doug Ellin, Story by James Frey
Directed by: Doug Ellin
Produced by: Tag Mendillo, Andrew Form, Rick Lashbrook
Edited by: David Finfer
Director of Photography: Thomas Del Ruth

The Players: David Schwimmer, Jason Lee, Mili Avital, Bonnie Hunt
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