Watching 90s movies can either be a success or a kind of epic failure. After seeing Fools Rush In years ago (back when I actually went into a video store to rent a DVD, and yes, kids, that was a thing), I re-watched it just for giggles.
Fools Rush In (1997) Film Review
Signs and fate is not something businessman Alex Whitman (Matthew Perry) believes in. Instead from New York to Nevada he goes to work on a project where a promotion project waits for him back on the East Coast. Isabel Fuentes (Salma Hayek) does believe in signs. When the pair serendipitously meets at a small dinner, the next morning, Isabel realizes she made an error in judgement and she disappears. Three months later, she shows up at Alex’s house and tells him, she’s pregnant and yes, it’s his.
She doesn’t want anything from him, but she thought it the honorable thing to tell him, only much to her surprise she discovers Alex may have some plans of his own.
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This is one of those movies that reminds me why I adore the genre, and that sadly, today we no longer create films such as this. Is it outdated in its filmmaking? Of course. Is the fashion cringe-y? Sadly, not as much as it may have been last year given the 90s comeback. But no matter one, Fools Rush In has this undeniable kind of charm that makes you happy and affixed with that silly grin. It’s just a warm flick that makes us feel good.
Like so many of its peers (Never Been Kissed, While You Were Sleeping, Sweet Home Alabama), Hollywood doesn’t make these movies anymore. The kind that just makes you happy and feeling a movie high. Romantic comedies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but given how much the film industry spends on productions each year, you’d think they could mix up a better variety of productions each year. The rom-com is a lost art. We’ve (seemingly) lost the kind of talents of people like Andy Tennent (the director) or Drew Barrymore who help to carry these kinds of films in being as good as they are.
All that to say, this film is charming. Way more than I even remember, and that made re-watching this a wonderful little treat. The cast is good, the styling doesn’t drive me bonkers in the way it once did. The production isn’t terrible, the film is relatively clean, and I appreciate the fact that this tells a heartwarming, solid story while still throwing in some laughs.
You can find Fools Rush In digitally on Amazon Video. PS: it leaves Netflix September 30!
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Content: The film centers around a one night stand. [We see the couple wake up the following morning in bed with clothes strewn around the floor; later we see a couple lie in bed again, fully clothed, with some kissing before the scene cuts away.] There’s some profanity like sh*t and an f-word along with more than one use of GD. People lie to each other and briefly, there’s the implication of abortion. The film is PG-13.