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Overall Rating

Awesome: 10.81%
Worth A Look: 13.51%
Average: 24.32%
Pretty Bad: 10.81%
Total Crap40.54%

2 reviews, 25 user ratings

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Kissing a Fool
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"An impotent, cliched romance becomes a testament to TV ego."
1 stars

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

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User Comments

11/04/16 Jackson paul David Schwimmer is the best actor in this film the rest of them sucked 4 stars
6/24/16 Dane Youssef Only Jason Lee in his first major lead and watching him and David attempting to break type. 1 stars
12/17/13 Dane Youssef Just an utter waste of time. Rip off of Smith's "Chasing Amy." Don't even bother. 1 stars
11/21/05 Jeff Anderson Unfunny & charmless so-called "comedy". Kari Wuhrer(always a blast)is badly, BADLY WASTED!! 1 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby It's okay. Nothing to write home about, but it gets the job done. Agreeably acted. 3 stars
11/04/02 Del Not too bad 3 stars
10/31/01 I Love David Schwimmer! All of you fucking suck! David Schwimmer is a talented, likable actor. He was the best part 5 stars
6/21/01 Cathryn Why, yes, Jaosn Lee *is* the only reason to see this movie. 2 stars
7/12/00 Elvisfan not bad, good to see bonnie hunt in anything 4 stars
5/30/00 natasha good performances undermined by uneven tone 3 stars
4/21/00 David Sc-whiner FUCK YOU ALL!I AM GOD!BETTE THAN YE! 5 stars
1/10/00 Will hey look it's Banky and Ross. Puke. 2 stars
9/26/99 C.A.T.M. I hate love stories, yet LOVED this one!! Perfect!! Great cast. 5 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson This movie rocks! Classic dialouge, Jason Lee is the illest. 4 stars
4/12/99 Randall Lee is the man, watch it for him. 4 stars
3/23/99 Nootch It was a great film. Both Lee and Schwimmer were hilarious. "What uuuup?" 5 stars
3/17/99 Ah Dooey What gives? One more thing: what a wimpy movie! 1 stars
3/02/99 THE Juicester I liked it it was charming and funny 4 stars
11/30/98 MR HOLLYWOOD !! Really bad casting!!,Bonnie Hunt is the only laugh...a comedy for the simple-minded. 2 stars
9/23/98 Milhouse Faqw Schiwimmer must die. He is the worst actor in the history of the universe. Let's hang him! 1 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Don't see this movie. An indulgence for Schwimmer and his buds. Lee was hoodwiwnked. 1 stars
8/20/98 The Man With The Helmet Poor Jason Lee must have wanted to punch Schwimmer out. Bad casting. 1 stars
8/16/98 J-Guy BORING. 1 stars
8/16/98 Johny David Schwimmer killed every scene he was in 2 stars
8/15/98 {{{OZ}}} Why are the two leads playing the wrong characters? What gives? 1 stars
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  20-Feb-1998 (R)
  DVD: 17-Mar-2003



Directed by
  Doug Ellin

Written by
  James Frey
  Doug Ellin

  David Schwimmer
  Jason Lee
  Mili Avital
  Bonnie Hunt
  Vanessa Angel
  Kari Wuhrer

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