"An impotent, cliched romance becomes a testament to TV ego."
David Schwimmer, the limp dick palaeontologist from the sitcom
Friends, is Max Abbitt (!), a macho, toothpick chewing, foul mouthed, pussy hound sports reporter.Jason Lee, the fast talking, rude and crude dynamo from Kevin Smith's Mall Rats and Chasing Amy, is Jay, a sensitive, floppy haired, satchel carrying writer crying about a recent bust up.
If you're expecting a Face Off style twist half way through where these actors get to play the parts that they should have, then exhale, because with Kissing A Fool you have to play it as it lays.
Max and Jay are childhood pals whose relationship hits a brick wall when Max gets engaged to Samantha (Israeli superstar Avital). Max, being the dickhead that he is, doesn't quite trust Samantha and asks his buddy to put the moves on her to see if she's straight up. As is par for the course in soggy, wet-rag romantic comedies, Jay actually falls for Samantha, and the damage begins. A lazy, uninspired premise like this would usually lead to a pretty inoffensive exercise in mediocrity.
But powered by the most catastrophic piece of miscasting since Sofia Coppola stained The Godfather Three, Kissing A Fool becomes an almost excruciating experience. As wimpy Ross on Friends, Schwimmer is a comic charmer. But allowed to ham it up and mug shamelessly for the camera by director and friend Doug Ellin, he gives a profoundly irritating and self satisfied performance. Pathetically out of his limited depth, he makes a complete arsehole out of himself.
Raw talent Lee fares a little better, but you can practically see him burning to explode while moping through this thankless role. Smothered by Schwimmer's rampant ego, Lee suffocates in silence.With Kissing A Fool, an impotent, cliched romance becomes a testament to TV ego and the importance of a good casting director. ---Erin Free