Kissing a Fool (1997)



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Jay is a novelist, hopelessly in love with his ex-girlfriend. Max is a womanizing sportscaster. When Jay introduces Max to his publisher Sam, they become engaged in just 14 days. Max worries about settling down, and Jay and Sam become closer while working on Jay's book together.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: James Frey, Doug Ellin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 21, 1998
Universal Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Kissing a Fool

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (13)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | December 25, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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January 1, 2000
USA Today
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The best part of this moderately entertaining comedy is Schwimmer's loutish, against-type performance.

May 20, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for Kissing a Fool

I enjoyed this movie and I don't see why others didn't. I mean in the beginning David Schwimmer's character was a jerk but by the end his character had gone through a total transformation, Jason Lee had a good performance, too as did Mili Avital.

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

David Schwimmer plays Max, a womanizing Chicago TV sportscaster who falls for Sam played by Israel native Mili Avital, his attractive young publisher but who he feels is too good to be true. Max and Sam seem perfect for each other but Max wonders if he can really keep Sam "satisfied" long-term and tries to get his best friend Jay (Jason Lee) to see if she can become unfaithful.

Jay is hesitant to do this being the sensitive soul that he is plus he is still grieving over the breakup of his slutty model girlfriend but things become complicated when Jay also succumbs to Sam's charms and begins to fall in love with her.

Deb S

Super Reviewer

A predictable, boring romantic comedy with Schwimmer as sportscaster who sleeps around, finds the "woman of his dreams" and promptly asks his best friend to see if she'll sleep with him to ascertain whether she really loves Schwimmer. And it just goes downhill from there. No laughs, no cuteness, no feelings of romance, and a Bonnie Hunt wasted in a narrator's role.

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