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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 to be laid to rest with his Army buddies from World War II. The body is somehow lost in transit, and Mickey has an argument with Ellen, who works for an American airline in France. However, she likes his sense of humor, he is taken with her, and after a few days together in Paris, they decide to marry. However, once they return to Mickey's home in the United States, things get complicated; she's not so sure that she cares for his bachelor apartment ("a shrine to watching ESPN"), or juggling her career against his, while both have problems with their respective families. Several major basketball stars and sports figures appear in Forget Paris as themselves, including Charles Barkley, Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Marv Albert. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Marv Albert
as Himself
Bill Walton
as Himself
Dan Majerle
as Himself
Sean Elliott
as Himself
Tim Hardaway
as Himself
Kurt Rambis
as Himself
John Starks
as Himself
Isiah Thomas
as Himself
Spud Webb
as Himself
Bert Copello
as Airline Employee
Ron Ross
as Insolent Official
Andy Flaster
as Airline Official No. 1
David St. James
as Airline Official No. 2
Gregory Paul Jackson
as Airline Official No. 3
Andreas Tessi
as Airline Official No. 4
Chris Shaver
as Laker Girl
Mary Ann Oedy
as Knicks City Dancer
Joie Shettler
as Spurs Silverdancer
Andrea Toste
as Sonics Dancer
Lisa Sherrill Gannon
as Attractive Woman
Richard Assad
as Suitcase Man
Lisa Rieffel
as Receptionist
Emmy Smith
as Woman in Porsche
Janette Caldwell
as Andy's DAte
Tim Ahern
as Fertility Doctor
Tom Ohmer
as Policeman
E.E. Bell
as Angry Fan in Crowd
Marty Brinton
as Angry Fan in Crowd
Jo Farkas
as Angry Fan in Crowd
Ken Johnson
as Angry Fan in Crowd
Patrick Thomas O'Brien
as Angry Fan in Crowd
Jay Rusumny
as Angry Fan in Crowd
Robert Hunter Jr.
as Detroit Fan
Marty McSorley
as Detroit Fan
Richard Haje
as Dangerous Man
Clint Howard
as Exterminator
Beverly Piper
as Organist
Charlotte Etienne
as Girl (age 3)
Zachary Eginton
as Boy (age 5)
Jennifer Mickelson
as Girl (age 7)
Allan Kolman
as French Waiter
Hedwige de Mouroux
as Distinguished Business Woman
Roberto Bonanni
as Distinguished Frenchman
Jean Shum
as Waitress
Andre Rosey Brown
as Huge Bodyguard
Rick Gunderson
as Motorcycle Cop No. 1
Liz Sheridan
as Motorcycle Cop No. 2
Irving Wasserman
as Man in Car
Safe-T-Man
as Himself
Scooter Barry
as Basketball Player
Nathaniel Bellany Jr.
as Basketball Player
Robert M. Betts
as Basketball Player
Bernard Brown
as Basketball Player
Sam Crawford
as Basketball Player
Greg Forbes
as Basketball Player
Keith Gibbs
as Basketball Player
Anthony C. Hall
as Basketball Player
Kevin L. Hildreth
as Basketball Player
Al Joseph
as Basketball Player
Brian Kilian
as Basketball Player
Gary Maloncon
as Basketball Player
Paul McCracken
as Basketball Player
Mike McGee
as Basketball Player
Nigel Miguel
as Basketball Player
Kevin Morris
as Basketball Player
Rich Porter
as Basketball Player
Cliff Reed
as Basketball Player
Charles Rochelin
as Basketball Player
Dawan Scott
as Basketball Player
Larry Spriggs
as Basketball Player
Reggie Theus
as Basketball Player
Charles Wahlheim
as Basketball Player
Marc Wilson
as Basketball Player
Dennis Wyatt
as Basketball Player
Jim Gasso
as Referee
Barry Sousa
as Referee
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Critic Reviews for Forget Paris

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (10)

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.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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
Top Critic

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.

Chris Weber
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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

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

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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