Fools Rush In was not a great success at the box office but it is a great movie. Starring Matthew Perry (Chandler from TV's "Friends") and Salma Hayek (Desperado, Wild Wild West), Fools Rush In is a romance comedy with a lot of comedy, some serious moments, and a lot of fun.
This movie could not have been made without Matthew Perry. The role was written for him. In every aspect of the movie, the character of Alex Whitman sidelines his character in "Friends," with the sarcastic one-liners and the goofy acting. But along with that, Perry got to stretch his horizons into the dramatic field, because there are some segments where there are a lot of emotions. Perry pulls it off nicely.
As for Salma Hayek, this has to be one of her best performances yet. She's a little shaky in a few parts but other than that perfect, and Fools Rush In gives her a chance at comedy, drama, and sexiness. Hayek was a perfect choice for the character she played (Isabel Fuentes).
The story evolves as Perry and Hayek are drawn together after she tells him that she is pregnant with his baby. Not being a jerk, he agrees to go and visit her parents. Culture clashes ensue, however, after they are suddenly married (hence the title, Fools Rush In) as Perry has to deal with Hayek's Mexican background and she has to deal with his city life and city parents. One of the best scenes is where they stop outside her home for the first time, after agreeing that they had been "dating for a couple of months" and they finally learn each other's last names.
Fools Rush In has fairly nonstop comedy throughout until it hits a dead spot with about twenty minutes left to go. Of course, this when the big conflict occurs and the two characters are left depressed and wondering what to do. This ten minute segment was pretty much filled with shots of the characters alone, crying, or whatever, and, though not funny, was very well done.
Fools Rush In is a great comedy for the whole family, or for a couple, and definitely shouldn't be overlooked.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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