DirectorDoug Ellin Initial DVD releaseJuly 21, 1998 Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateFebruary 27, 1998 WriterJames Frey (story), James Frey (screenplay), Doug Ellin (screenplay) CastDavid Schwimmer (Max Abbitt), Jason Lee (Jay Murphy), Mili Avital (Samantha Andrews), Bonnie Hunt (Linda Streicher) Similar moviesDavid Schwimmer appears in Kissing a Fool and Six Days Seven Nights
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Kissing A Fool is a 1998 American romantic comedy film directed by Doug Ellin. It primarily stars David Schwimmer, Jason Lee, Mili Avital, Kari Wührer and Vanessa Angel. Its plot is inspired by the short story "El curioso impertinente" that appears in Don Quixote.
Max (David Schwimmer), an alpha-male commitment-phobic sports broadcaster, and Jay (Jason Lee), a neurotic novelist, have been best friends since childhood. Jay has just broken up with his girlfriend, Natasha (Vanessa Angel) and is writing his first book about their relationship in Milan, Italy.
Jay sets Max up with his editor Samantha (Mili Avital). Although they share few interests, they are engaged within two weeks. Still, when Max is confronted with the fact that Sam will be the last woman he will sleep with, he proposes a test. Jay will hit on Sam. If she shows no interest, then Max will be confident enough in her loyalty to go ahead with the marriage. However while Jay doesn't want to, the two realize they are obviously made for each other.
David Schwimmer – Max Abbitt
Jason Lee – Jay Murphy
Mili Avital – Samantha Andrews
Bonnie Hunt – Linda Streicher
Kari Wührer – Dara
Vanessa Angel – Natasha
Bitty Schram – Vicki Pelam
Judy Greer – Andrea
Frank Medrano – Cliff Randal
Ron Beattie – Priest
Doug Ellin – Bartender (and Springer Guest)
Tag Mendillo – Wedding Guest at Bar (and Springer Guest)
Justine Bentley – Beautiful Woman at Bar
Liza Cruzat – Dara's Friend
Jessica Mills – Dara's Friend #2
Sammy Sosa – Himself
Jerry Springer – Himself
Mike Squire – Spanish Man in Bed
Marco Siviero – French Man in Bed
Steve Seagren – Heckler
Philip R. Smith – Fan on the Street
Jayson Fate – Rudolpho
Ross Bon – Blue Kings Lead Singer
Antimo Fiore – Tony
Kissing a Fool received mostly negative reviews from critics, earning a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 30 reviews.
This film tanked and subsequently, the movie did not make as much profit as expected. The film's budget was $19 million USD and the box office took in just $4.107 million USD
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on March 24, 1998, and was composed by Joseph Vitarelli. The track listing is:
01. 'Baby Drives Me Wild' – The Mighty Blue Kings
02. 'Leaving Town'
03. 'The Girl Who Is'
04. 'The Green Mill' – The Mighty Blue Kings
05. 'Spark Of My Life' – The Mighty Blue Kings
06. 'Here She Comes'
07. 'Visiting Natassia'
08. 'Bad Date'
09. 'Grinnin' Like A Chessy Cat' – The Mighty Blue Kings
10. 'Pure Rental'
11. 'Jay Alone'
13. 'The Toast'
14. 'At Last' – Etta James
Other notable songs not featured in the soundtrack include:
'We Are In Love' – Harry Connick, Jr.
'Ready For Love' – Bad Company
'All Out Of Love' – Air Supply
'Learn To Love' – Harry Connick, Jr.
'Last' – Gravity Kills
'Crazy' – Cordrazine
'Be Your Own' – Rebekah
Filmed in Chicago, Illinois, Kissing A Fool utilises several locations within the area. Amongst them are:
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Green Mill Jazz Club
Outside the Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist building
Ambria Restaurant at 2300 N. Lincoln Park W., which closed in June 2007
Lake Bluff's bluff was used as the back drop for the film's wedding scenes