My Favorite Movies #93 – Fools Rush In

Fools Rush In - PosterFools Rush In

1997

Directed by Andy Tennant

Netflix says… When uptight New Yorker Alex and blithe-spirited Isabel spend one passionate night together in Las Vegas just hours after meeting, they go their separate ways and don’t see each other until three months later — when Isabel realizes she’s pregnant.

  • It’s Christmas in New York.
  • Alex (Matthew Perry) makes it clear he’s just getting back into town. And he’s got a stuffed swordfish in tow.
  • Isabel (Salma Hayek) is easy on the eyes.
  • No… what I meant to say is… Isabel (Salma Hayek) is floating on a river in Mexico.
  • It’s Christmas here, too. I know this because a kid tells her, “Feliz Navidad!”
  • I don’t know much Spanish, but I know how to say merry Christmas.
  • Back in New York, Alex finds out that he’s being sent to Las Vegas to oversee the construction and opening of a new night club.
  • Isabel and Alex happen to be in the same restaurant and in line to use the restroom at the same time.
  • Isabel believes that fate brought them together for a reason. Alex doesn’t believe in fate.
  • They hit it off… to say the least.
  • The next morning, Isabel takes off while Alex sleeps in.
  • Three months later, Isabel comes back.
  • And she’s pregnant.
  • They decide to get married. Immediately. Because… Vegas.
  • It soon becomes apparent that their lives, cultures, dreams, and aspirations are completely different.
  • Awkwardness ensues.
  • Things don’t work out.
  • Then they do.

This is a great romantic comedy. If you haven’t seen it, you should see it. Hard to believe it’s more than 20 years old at this point. But maybe a rom-com isn’t your cup of tea. Maybe you prefer a psychological thriller. If that’s the case, come back next week for #92 on this list: M. Night Shyamalan’s Split.

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