Kissing A Fool

on February 27, 1998 by Karen Achenbach
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   Chicago sportscaster and renowned womanizer Max (perfectly realized by "The Pallbearer's" David Schwimmer) is best friends with Jay ("Chasing Amy's" Jason Lee), a sensitive writer recovering from a failed romance. Jay sets up his beautiful European editor Sam ("Polish Wedding's" Mili Avital) on a date with Max. Max falls hard, proposes marriage and then asks Jay to test her fidelity.
   "Kissing a Fool" sports a very different tone from the usual comedy fare -- it is intelligent. Despite its lackluster title and the threat of being just another romantic comedy, "Kissing A Fool" is a very funny movie. Everything works. The entire cast shines. James Frey and Doug Ellin's script is contemporary and clever, full of offbeat action and original lines. Director Ellin's staging and David Finfer's editing create an exceptionally fast-paced structure out of the script's flashback storytelling device. As a result, the film never loses its comic high, and is able to include the romance without slowing down. Only the camerawork and lighting suffer from the obvious no-budget.    Starring David Schwimmer, Bonnie Hunt, Jason Lee and Mili Avital. Directed by Doug Ellin. Written by James Frey and Doug Ellin. Produced by Tag Mendillo, Andrew Form and Rick Lashbrook. A Universal release. Comedy. Rated R for strong language. Running time: 93 min.
Tags: David Schwimmer, Bonnie Hunt, Jason Lee and Mili Avital. Directed by Doug Ellin. Written by James Frey and Doug Ellin. Produced by Tag Mendillo, Andrew Form, Rick Lashbrook, Universal, womanizer, Max, Jay, comedy
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