Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998)



Critic Consensus: This is a fun comedy with delightful musical numbers.

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Gregory Nava directed this biographical drama on the brief but intense life of singer Frankie Lymon who stayed with the popular Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers group only for a year. Lymon was 13 years old when the group erupted from radios and jukeboxes with their 1956 hit, Why Do Fools Fall in Love? and appeared in the movie Rock, Rock, Rock (1956). After Mr. Rock and Roll (1957), Lymon turned solo, but then it all fell to pieces. Lymon's career was over by the time he was 18, and he died of a heroin overdose eight years later. Jumping from the '50s to the '80s, this film traces the rise and fall of Lymon (Larenz Tate) in a series of flashbacks as courtroom claims on Lymon's royalties are outlined by three women: Zola Taylor (Halle Berry) of the Platters R&B group; Elizabeth Waters (Vivica A. Fox), who turned prostitute to cover costs of Lymon's recovery from addiction; and schoolteacher Emira Eagle (Lela Rochon). Little Richard also makes a courtroom appearance, while Miguel A. Nunez Jr. portrays Little Richard in scenes set in the '50s. Shown at the 1998 Urbanworld Film Festival (NY). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tina Andrews
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 1, 2001
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Halle Berry
as Zola Taylor
Vivica A. Fox
as Elizabeth Waters
Lela Rochon
as Emira Eagle
Larenz Tate
as Frankie Lymon
Paul Mazursky
as Morris Levy
Pamela Reed
as Judge Lambrey
Alexis Cruz
as Herman Santiago
David Barry Gray
as Peter Markowitz
Miguel A. Nez Jr.
as Young Little Richard
Clifton Powell
as Lawrence Roberts
Ben Vereen
as Richard Barrett
Lane Smith
as Ezra Grahme
Paula Jai Parker
as Paula King
Aries Spears
as Redd Foxx
Craig Kirkwood
as Eddie Williams
Alex Thomas Jr.
as Jimmy Mac
Ray Laska
as Bailiff
Renee Raudman
as Waitress
Frankie Jay Allison
as Undercover Cop
Raymond O'Keefe
as Desk Sergeant
Darrell Eisman
as Control Room Worker
Sam Mountain
as Control Room Worker
Ric Borelli
as Control Room Worker
Douglas Seagraves
as Control Room Worker
Mark Paulk
as Platter
Martin Paulk
as Platter
Ron Jaxson
as Platter
Gary L. Neal
as Platter
James Gleason
as Stage Manager
Brandon D. Morgan
as Young Singer in Chur...
Ray Proscia
as Security Man
Keith Amos
as Man in Hot Tub
J.W. Smith
as Postman
Shari Albert
as Mossis Secretary
John West
as Singer
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Critic Reviews for Why Do Fools Fall In Love

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (19)

Too ill defined to emerge from the pack of box office also-rans.

Full Review… | June 18, 2008
Top Critic

A celebration of pop fantasies, a boyish rascal with a helium voice, and three pretty fools who fell in love with him.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A fresh, enlightening example of how to take a tragic American show-business story and make it funny, warm and terrifically entertaining.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Though Nava's soapy directing style makes Fools watchable enough in a campy way, the film's unsophisticated nature undermines its better qualities.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What made Frankie run? The movie clearly doesn't know.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

We get no discernible Frankie at all!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Based on a true story: Frankie Lyman (Why do fools fall in love).

Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer


The first hour or so ranks as favorite movie material. It's enormously entertaining and a fresh spin on standard biopic: Diana Ross's cover of Why Do Fools Fall in Love spawns a court case where three women claim the rights to the song as Frankie Liman's wife. My favorite sequence is an infectious Larenz Tate singing (well, lip synching) to Goodie Goodie! But the movie sort of falls apart at the end. Oh, well. Focus on the positive!

Joey Nevarez

Super Reviewer


Loved it!!

Remi Logan

Super Reviewer

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