Kissing a Fool

Film, Comedy
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Romantic casualty and first time novelist Jay (Lee) sets up his best friend, ladies' man and TV sportscaster Max (Schwimmer), with his editor Sam (Avital). He won't date her himself, since she knows everything about him from his confessional memoirs ('Here's to You, Bitch Slut'). Sam hates sports, Max hates books, and with sickly sweet rapidity they announce their engagement. Whereupon Max's primitive anxieties surface, and to Jay's horror he asks his friend to put Sam's fidelity to the test. A women's movie for men (it takes up the implications of the two boys' neuroses, while Sam remains the luckless object of their affection), this could have used a shot of the raucous mischief Lee sported as Banky in Chasing Amy. But there's a sense of rising damp as Jay's dilemma rambles on and he falls sick at any sign of trouble. The framing device - Jay's publisher (Hunt) unfolding the narrative at the wedding, as if omniscient matchmaker - is also a distraction.

By: NB

Release details

Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Doug Ellin
Screenwriter: James Frey, Doug Ellin
Cast: David Schwimmer
Jason Lee
Mili Avital
Bonnie Hunt
Vanessa Angel
Kari Wuhrer
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