Forget Paris (1995)

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Actor Billy Crystal co-wrote, directed, and starred in this romantic comedy. Forty-something couple Andy (Joe Mantegna) and Liz (Cynthia Stevenson) are about to be married, and as they gather with their friends for dinner not long before the wedding, they are told the story of their mutual friends Mickey (Billy Crystal) and Ellen (Debra Winger) as a cautionary tale of where a relationship can go wrong. Mickey is a top referee with the NBA who has traveled to Paris to bury his father, who wanted … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Billy Crystal
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2000
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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as Policeman

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Critic Reviews for Forget Paris

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11)

Like the relationship it depicts, everything goes terribly slack in the middle.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Crystal's style as a director is smoothe and bland.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Since the stories are none too startling, it's hard to see why these otherwise bright people should be so enthusiastic about boring themselves.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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This movie has such a naked desire to evoke the human condition, you want to throw a blanket over it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Shamelessly schmaltzy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

With its uneven tone, Forget Paris doesn't have enough comedy or heartfelt romance to eclipse its faults.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
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Audience Reviews for Forget Paris

½

Billy Crystal writes, directs, and stars in this utterly charming and fun romantic comedy. It's a bit of a mix of When Harry Met Sally with some doses of Woody Allen, but I don't think that's a problem.

Crystal is Mickey Gordon- a frazzled NBA referee. After he goes to bury his father n France, Mickey ends up meeting and falling in love with Ellen Andrews- a fellow American making a great living abroad for an airline. They end up spending only a bit of time with one another initially, but this sparks grows into a bright flame of a relationship that, over the course of several years, goes through all the ups and downs that usually accompany something this special, and shows how, if it's meant to be, a relationship can get though pretty much anything.

What I liked about this film is the structure. Its a frame story told mostly in flashback by friends of the couple who are waiting for them at a restaurant. One of Mickey's longtime buddies is getting married and his bride to be has yet to meet Mickey or Ellen, so everybody decides to fill her in, and that too is how the audience discovers the story.

I'm a bit on the fence when it comes to Crystal. I don't dislike the guy, but Im unsure if I really like his work or not. It can be good, yes, but sometimes I find it hard to get into, or take it on its own terms without making comparisons to others. Here it worked for me. I thought this was a delightful little romp, and I'm not usually into this kind of film. I do think that he personally struggled a bit with the more dramatic stuff, but overall got through it okay. Debra Winger is great as Ellen, and she makes up where Billy falters. She's not quite a good with the comedy, but does okay, and in the end, they balance themselves out fine. As their friends we get the likes of Joe Mantegna, Cynthia Stevenson, Richard Masur, Julie Kavner, and Cathy Moriarty, et al, and they are a fine supporting cast. There's also tons of cameos, almost all of them from NBA players, announcers, and the like, and they too do a good job and seem to have a lot of fun.

All in all, I found a lot to like here. It's shot well, funny, touching, and just made me feel good and sappy, and whatnot. Sure it's not the most original thing, but it's done better than it had to be, so yeah, give it a watch.

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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

This romantic comedy tells the story of the difficult years that follow the perfect first week with a new crush. It does so using Billy Crystal's typical humor that already made Harry and Sally a cult hit. The approach may be somewhat similar here, but there is much more to it. First of all, we hear the protagonists' story through their friends words, including interruptions and contradictions. That makes for a very quirky storytelling and plenty of great jokes. But the film does not shy away from showing the ugly and disenchanting truth after long distance or weekend relationships. Thankfully, even after the sadder parts, the movie always finds its way back to the lighter side of things, especially thanks to the excellent Crystal. Overall a very true and satisfying experience.

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Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

I'll tell you what I would like to forget.

Godless
James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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