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French Kiss

3 Ratings: 4.3
A movie directed by Lawrence Kasdan

French Kiss is a 1995 American romantic comedy set primarily in France.      Plot:   Kate (Meg Ryan) is a fastidious young woman who thinks she knows exactly what her future will be. She … see full wiki

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 1995
MPAA Rating: PG-13
1 review about French Kiss

Would you like to hear a love story? I know a good one...

  • Feb 13, 2009
Rating:
+5
Pros: A genuine romantic comedy; great performances, a lot of laughs, and a bit of snuggling

Cons: Nothing

The Bottom Line: If you're looking for a movie that will make you laugh, be happy, and want to go cuddle with someone, this is the movie you're looking for.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

My sister staceums and I caught this movie by accident on day while channel surfing.  We hung around and loved it.  Every year for Christmas my mother surprises me with something I didn't ask for and a few years ago, this appeared beneath the wrapping paper.  Yay!

Kate (Meg Ryan) is about to get married.  Her fiancée Charlie (Timothy Hutton) is Canadian, so she's also in the middle of getting her Canadian citizenship.  She hates to fly, so when he goes to Paris for a business convention, she refuses to go.  That is, until Charlie calls up one night and informs Kate he's fallen in love with a Frenchwoman and that it's destiny.  Well Kate's not so sure about that and gets on a plane to fly over and steal Charlie back.  It might have been all good and well had she not met Luc (Kevin Kline), the scruffy French guy next to her.  From then on, everything just seems to get worse...

Meg Ryan is cute and perky.  Honestly, this is the only way to describe her.  She's impossible not to love and watching her get her feathers all ruffled by Luc's behavior, complete with scandalized facial expressions is a load of fun.  On the other hand there's Luc, smooth criminal extraordinaire who smokes and takes everything in stride (at least, most of the time).  I'm not sure how on par Kevin Kline's French accent is, but I'm not going to complain.  It's a goofy romance movie, what do I care?  It's good enough for me.  In addition, we get screen time with Jean Reno, cop pal to Luc.  I like their little dynamic and how they're friends but still in their roles as thief and policeman which puts them at occasional odds.  Good times all around.

Since we're in Paris, we get all sorts of beautiful scenery.  The city is nice, but it's so much better once we get outside into the country.  The movie travels to Cannes and Nice with lovely vineyards covering the countryside and sunshine aplenty.  It's a nice movie to relax to since it's relatively mellow and gets you in a chilled mindset when you're staring all the greenery.  It kind of makes you want some good cheese too at one point...

The plan is to get Charlie back, but we all know things will never go as smoothly as planned so you get a bit of slapstick comedy as well as funny remarks and ridiculous situations.  It's a comfy, go-ahead-and-laugh-out-loud movie, perfect on a lazy night with a bowl of popcorn.

(Psst!  Nicole - will guys like it?)
Depends on the kind of guy you are, but it's not dramatic, nor is it absurdly sappy.  It's fun with snappy comebacks.  I'm sure you'll like it for the comedic aspect and hey, your girl will be snuggling up to you, so sit back and enjoy.  If you get antsy, just remember you're not watching The English Patient.

NT

Listen to the soundtrack!

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening

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