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"FOOLS RUSH IN"
(1997) (Matthew Perry, Salma Hayek) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Moderate None Moderate None Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None None None Moderate
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Mild Mild Moderate Minor Minor


QUICK TAKE:
Romantic Comedy: A cross cultural romance has its ups and downs in Las Vegas.
PLOT:
Alex Whitman (MATTHEW PERRY) is a New York based site manager who builds nightclubs and is assigned to Las Vegas for his latest project. One night he meets Isabel Fuentes (SALMA HAYEK), a Mexican born photographer, and they end up sleeping together. The next morning she slips out and then shows up three months later to inform him that she’s pregnant. She doesn’t want to marry, but instead wants him to act like her boyfriend, so that her parents and other family members will get to meet the man she’ll later say is the father of her baby. Things get complicated, however, when a romance blossoms between them and they quickly get married in a Vegas chapel. This doesn’t go over well with her Mexican and his Manhattan parents. That, and their inability to decide where to live, begins to put a strain on their marriage. From that point on, they try to work things out as they have an on again, off again relationship.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Perry (of TV's "Friends") might draw some, and those looking for a romantic comedy might find this appealing.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For sensuality and brief language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • MATTHEW PERRY plays a site manager who puts his career ahead of his wife and lies to her, but eventually changes his ways.
  • SALMA HAYEK plays a photographer who gets pregnant after a one night stand with Alex, but is willing and able to have the baby on her own.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


    OUR TAKE: 5 out of 10
    This is a moderately enjoyable film that you really want to like, but that works very hard to keep you from doing so. The problem is, the film can't decide whether to be a comedy or a story about strained relationships and it doesn't balance the two very well. The characters are likeable enough with Hayek giving her usual sultry performance with a comic twist, and Perry delivering a more subdued and somewhat more mature version of his character Chandler from TV's "Friends." At times Perry's very reminiscent of Michael Keaton in his early comedies and has some of the same mannerisms. It's doubtful, however, that this film will push Perry onto the "A" list of Hollywood actors, but he seems to have a potentially promising career. The first half of the movie is enjoyable enough, but the comedy dries up in the second half and is completely missing for long stretches of time in the middle. This imbalance throws off the movie's timing and that, and the plot's rather predictable nature, make this just an average romantic comedy. Again, though, you'll really want this to film to succeed -- and at times it does, but in the end it's knocked down by its own inadequacies. Obviously some viewers will love the performances and the story, but we've seen it all before and we've seen it done better. We give "Fools Rush In" a 5 out of 10.
    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    One use of the "f" word earns this film its PG-13 rating. There's no nudity and the sexual activity for the most part is implied, but a woman does get pregnant from a one night stand. Another encounter has nothing worse than some brief, passionate kissing. The other topic that's troubling is how Alex treats Isabel, by lying to her and putting his career ahead of their relationship. There's also a great deal of family tension between the couple and their respective parents. There are two scenes involving urination, one where Isabel talks about how fast she can pee and another where she makes Alex stay in the bathroom while she does so, but nothing's seen. Two characters briefly appear drunk in separate scenes, but beyond that, the other categories are relatively mild in content. If you or your kids want to see this movie, we suggest that you read through the scene listings to determine if this is appropriate or not.

    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • At various times, people drink at a holiday party (wine, beer), in a Mexican restaurant (beer), at a Fuentes family dinner (beer), in a Vegas nightclub (cocktails), at a meeting (wine), and in Alex's club (beer, cocktails).
  • Alex, Jeff, and a woman their doing business with drink wine with lunch. When Alex goes to get some ice, she tells him to get some Scotch as well.
  • Alex and Isabel have champagne after getting married.
  • Alex and their friends drink beer and wine with dinner.
  • Isabel’s brothers bring Alex home and he’s very drunk from drinking Tequila. It seems that he fell onto a cactus and they gave him the liquor to ease the pain of the needles still in his back and butt.
  • Alex’s parents drink beer.
  • Alex’s mother drinks margueritas and appears to be drunk.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Alex hides from a childhood friend, Catherine Stuart, who wants to go out with him.
  • When Isabel tells Alex she’s decided what she’s going to do about being pregnant, he expresses happiness (thinking she’s going to have an abortion), and depending on your views, that may be a bad attitude.
  • For the most part Alex's friend Jeff doesn’t support his decision to marry Isabel. He says, "Why would you marry her unless you knocked her up?"
  • After seeing Isabel and thinking that she’s the cleaning lady, Alex’s mother says, "There must be lots of good help around here -- being so close to Mexico."
  • Alex lies to Isabel about his parents whereabouts, so that he doesn’t have to tell them about the marriage. He also then lies about being reassigned to a new job. In addition, he tells Isabel that he’s not giving up his new job "because I put a five-dollar ring on your finger in front of Elvis."
  • Isabel’s father has a bad attitude toward Alex and is determined not to like him.
  • The fathers of the two kids get into a fight and say many disrespectful things to each other, including "Presbyterian isn’t a religion" and "White people are melting out here."
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Alex finds himself surrounded by rattlesnakes in the desert and while the scene is played for laughs, those who don’t like snakes may find it a little tense.
  • Isabel screams in pain while giving birth, and younger children may find that to be a little disturbing.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Rifles: Used by Isabel’s brothers to shoot a bunch of rattlesnakes that surround Alex.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Shut up," "Stupid," "Pissed," "Knocked up" (pregnant), "Idiot," "Balls," "Sucks," and "Putz."
  • Alex and Isabel get married on the spur of the moment in a Vegas chapel.
  • Jeff throws his cup down in the parking lot and walks away.
  • Alex throws an orange juice container across the room and into the wall.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • 1 "f" word, 3 "s" words, 7 hells, 2 "ass" words, and 3 uses each of "Oh my God" and "Jesus Christ," 2 uses each of "For Christ’s sakes" and "Jesus" and 1 use of "Swear to God" as exclamations.
  • Isabel warns Alex never to say "Jesus Christ" in front of her mother, but later Alex’s father does just that.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Isabel wakes up to find herself in bed with Alex, thus implying that they slept together. No nudity is seen, but she does get pregnant from this encounter. Later he tells her that they were only together one night, and she says "that’s all it takes." He then says, "I used a condom. Many of them." She says, "Well, one of them didn’t work."
  • Alex and an associate have a business lunch with a woman who they think can help them. She seems interested in Alex, so his associate tells him, "You give it (sex) to her, and she gives it (help) to us."
  • After getting married, Alex and Isabel passionately kiss on a bed. He then kisses her neck and down her chest, but stops at her pregnant belly that he then also kisses (she's fully clothed).
  • Alex is told there’s more to Vegas than "the strip." He replies, "What, legalized prostitution?"
  • SMOKING
  • A few people smoke at a holiday party and a woman holds an unlit cigar.
  • A woman smokes while having lunch with Alex and an associate.
  • Some people smoke at a Fuentes family dinner.
  • People smoke in a Vegas nightclub and in Alex's club.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Alex and Isabel have several fights (mainly over him lying to her), the last one ending with them separating.
  • Both Isabel and Alex must deal with their parents' reactions to their marriage, but Isabel has the more difficult time with her father who doesn't approve of Alex and is very stubborn to change his attitude.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Cross cultural relationships.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Isabel occasionally lightly slaps her brothers on their heads (in a lighthearted way).
  • Isabel’s father drives his truck through some construction materials, gets out, and waves a baseball bat at Alex. He’s mad that the kids got married in a Vegas chapel and not in a real church, and eventually goes away without using the bat.
  • A large sign accidentally falls onto an OSHA representative’s car, crushing it.
  • Alex throws an orange juice container across a room and into the wall.



  • Reviewed February 10, 1997

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