Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Movie Synopsis & Plot
Three different women married Frankie Lymon.
Now as they fight to get a piece of his millions, they will have to prove who married him first and who loved him most.
Based on a true story of love, music and money.
Zola Taylor (Halle Berry) fell a tiny bit in love with Frankie Lymon (Larenz Tate) the first time she saw him perform onstage. When he was singing, he was working magic with the audience, and it worked on Zola, too. She was beautiful, and a successful singer in her own right with the top-ranked group The Platters, but Frankie was something else-a star. With songs like the smash hit Why Do Fools Fall In Love that he wrote and performed, he was going to make history. The day she became Mrs. Frankie Lymon was the happiest day of Zola's life.
Elizabeth Waters (Vivica A. Fox) wasn't a glamour girl; in fact, she was a welfare mom who sidelined in shoplifting. But Frankie saw something else in her, and she loved the way he loved her-especially after she saw him perform onstage. Even when his career fell apart, Elizabeth took care of Frankie and struggled to keep their home together. The day she became Mrs. Frankie Lymon was the happiest day of Elizabeth's life.
Emira Eagle (Lela Rochon) was a demure Southern schoolteacher. When she met Frankie Lymon, she didn't even realize he'd once been a national singing sensation. The Frankie she knew was a serviceman, a polite, gentle guy who was handy around the house and wanted to start a family. The day she became Mrs. Frankie Lymon was the happiest day of Emira's life.
Now, Zola, Elizabeth and Emira, three women from three different worlds who each claim with complete assurance to be Mrs. Frankie Lymon, are fighting bitterly over Frankie's legacy-his songs and the money they earned. Each swears she's his legitimate widow-but in each case, something complicates the claim.
Through their stories-funny, tragic, rousing and romantic-the women come to learn quite a bit about the husband they'd each thought they knew, as they see their own tangled lives through each others' eyes. In a cameo performance, the architect of rock'n' roll, Little Richard, appears as himself, supplying wittily pointed recollections of the music business, Frankie Lymon's life and the women who populated it.
Ultimately, despite their differences, Zola, Elizabeth and Emira bond over what they truly have in common: Frankie Lyman, the man they'd all loved. Although he was a different man for each woman, ultimately they came to understand that, despite his flaws, he was one of a kind-a contradiction they'll never forget.