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.
R (adult situations/language, sex)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Universal Pictures


David Schwimmer
as Max Abbitt
Jason Lee
as Jay Murphy
Mili Avital
as Samantha Andrews
Bonnie Hunt
as Linda
Vanessa Angel
as Natasha
Frank Medrano
as Cliff Randal
Bitty Schram
as Vicki Pelam
Judy Greer
as Andrea
Ron Beattie
as Priest
Doug Ellin
as Bartender/Springer Guest
Tag Mendillo
as Wedding Guest at Bar/Springer Guest
Justine Bentley
as Beautiful Woman at Bar
Liza Cruzat
as Dara's Friend
Jessica Mills
as Dara's Friend No. 2
Sammy Sosa
as Himself
Jerry Springer
as Himself
Mike Squire
as Spanish Man in Bed
Marco Siviero
as French Man in Bed
Steve Seagren
as Heckler
Philip R. Smith
as Fan on the Street
Jayson Fate
as Rudolpho
Ross Bon
as Blue Kings Lead Singer
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Critic Reviews for Kissing a Fool

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8)

The best part of this moderately entertaining comedy is Schwimmer's loutish, against-type performance.

May 20, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A little more "Kissing" like this, and years from now it's quite possible "Friends" will be all Schwimmer is remembered for.

January 2, 2003
Critics Inc./America Online

A weak little piece of junk romantic comedy, mercilessly and lazily and literally using nostalgia as a method of manipulation.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

succeeds both as a look at the competitiveness lurking underneath many friendships and as an offbeat romantic comedy that allows Schwimmer to convincingly play against type.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Kalamazoo Gazette

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | December 24, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Kissing a Fool


"Kissing a Fool" isn't so much a bad movie as it is a plain and ordinary one that never really aspires to be anything special. The three leads are all pretty enough, but the love story is lazy and the film isn't really about what it's supposed to be about. David Schwimmer is playing unconvincingly against type, and you never really buy him as the boorish womanizer. It's an obnoxious performance apparently designed to put his TV past behind him, but all it's destined to do is completely alienate his fan base. I've always liked Jason Lee, on the other hand, and he fares a little better here simply because you like his character so much more. As the film heads down its predictable path to the ending everyone knows is coming, there are no surprises along the way. It sets up a premise, eventually involving the insecure and immensely unlikable Schwimmer asking his pal to seduce his fiance to see if she'll remain faithful, but that is never followed up on. There's really no reason to delve into that story since we all know how that will play out from the start. There's some good music sprinkled throughout, but the needless and distracting profanity is really unnecessary for a film of this nature. The screenwriter is novelist James Frey, who would later be exposed as a fraud for making up a lot of the details of his memoir. Based on the banal and forgettable "KIssing a Fool", he could be called a hack as well. This insipid wannabe romance is little more than a poor excuse for a date movie.

Timothy Sanders
Timothy Sanders

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.

Don Schick
Don Schick

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.

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