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Kissing a Fool (1997)



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Jay is a novelist, hopelessly in love with his ex-girlfriend. Max is a womanizing sportscaster. When Jay introduces Max to his publisher Sam, they become engaged in just 14 days. Max worries about settling down, and Jay and Sam become closer while working on Jay's book together.


David Schwimmer
as Max Abbitt
Jason Lee
as Jay Murphy
Mili Avital
as Samantha Andrews
Frank Medrano
as Cliff Randal
Bitty Schram
as Vicki Pelam
Judy Greer
as Andrea
Doug Ellin
as Bartender/Springer Guest
Tag Mendillo
as Wedding Guest at Bar/Springer Guest
Justine Bentley
as Beautiful Woman at Bar
Liza Cruzat
as Dara's Friend
Jessica Mills
as Dara's Friend No. 2
Sammy Sosa
as Himself
Mike Squire
as Spanish Man in Bed
Marco Siviero
as French Man in Bed
Philip R. Smith
as Fan on the Street
Jayson Fate
as Rudolpho
Ross Bon
as Blue Kings Lead Singer
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Critic Reviews for Kissing a Fool

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (9)

In the amusing Kissing a Fool, David Schwimmer of TV's Friends plays a character 180 degrees from the vulnerable, sensitive Ross of Friends.

January 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Kissing a Fool. They got that right.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The best part of this moderately entertaining comedy is Schwimmer's loutish, against-type performance.

May 20, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

A little more "Kissing" like this, and years from now it's quite possible "Friends" will be all Schwimmer is remembered for.

January 2, 2003

A weak little piece of junk romantic comedy, mercilessly and lazily and literally using nostalgia as a method of manipulation.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

succeeds both as a look at the competitiveness lurking underneath many friendships and as an offbeat romantic comedy that allows Schwimmer to convincingly play against type.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kissing a Fool

This is one of those romantic comedies that I enjoy having on my shelf, guilty pleasure film. It's not your average romantic comedy, it has a little edge that other films of the genre lack. The leads are fun and play well of each other even if the characters fall onto every cliché in the book. I caught this film again on the weekend and must say I still find the film funny and one of the few romantic comedies I enjoy, I have this right next to Notting Hill. Jason Lee deserved a better film career, much like David Schwimmer, they are funny guys who missed the train. 22/09/2018.

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer

David Schwimmer plays Max, a womanizing Chicago TV sportscaster who falls for Sam played by Israel native Mili Avital, his attractive young publisher but who he feels is too good to be true. Max and Sam seem perfect for each other but Max wonders if he can really keep Sam "satisfied" long-term and tries to get his best friend Jay (Jason Lee) to see if she can become unfaithful. Jay is hesitant to do this being the sensitive soul that he is plus he is still grieving over the breakup of his slutty model girlfriend but things become complicated when Jay also succumbs to Sam's charms and begins to fall in love with her.

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed this movie and I don't see why others didn't. I mean in the beginning David Schwimmer's character was a jerk but by the end his character had gone through a total transformation, Jason Lee had a good performance, too as did Mili Avital.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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