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Fools Rush In1997

Fools Rush In (1997)



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Two relative strangers try to turn a one night stand into a marriage in this romantic comedy. Alex Whitman (Matthew Perry) is a designer from New York City who is sent to Las Vegas to supervise the construction of a nightclub that his firm has been hired to build. Alex is a straight-laced WASP-ish type who, while enjoying a night on the town, meets Isabel Fuentes (Salma Hayek), a free-spirited Mexican-American photographer. Alex and Isabel are overtaken by lust at first sight and end up spending the night together; however, their immediate attraction doesn't last in the cold light of day, and they don't see each other for another three months. When they do meet again, it's because Isabel has some interesting news for Alex: she's pregnant with his child. Alex and Isabel decide that they should do the right thing and quickly get married (with an Elvis impersonator serving as witness), but after Isabel meets Alex's mom (Jill Clayburgh), and Alex is confronted by Isabel's father (Tomas Milian), both start to wonder if "doing the right thing" was just that, especially as Alex tries to balance his career in New York with Isabel's desire to continue working in Nevada. Fools Rush In gave Matthew Perry his first big-screen starring role following his success on the TV series Friends.

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Matthew Perry
as Alex Whitman
Salma Hayek
as Isabel Fuentes
Stanley DeSantis
as Judd Marshall
Suzanne Snyder
as Cathy Stewart
Mark Adair-Rios
as Juan Fuentes
Annie Combs
as Dr. Lisa Barnes
Shelley Morrison
as Aunt Carmen
María Cellario
as Aunt Yolanda
Irene Hernandez
as Aunt Rosa
Josh Cruze
as Antonio Fuentes
Randy Sutton
as Dam Policeman
Christopher Michael
as Dam Policeman
Garret Davis
as Osha Rep
John Tripp
as Man in Lobby
Andrew Hill Newman
as Assorted Cheeses Man
Jan Austell
as Bruce Stewart
Cydney Arther
as Diane Stewart
Leslie Silva
as Process Server
Maryann Plunkett
as Heliport Mother
Juel Mendel
as Receptionist
Salvador Saldana
as Mariachi Singer
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Critic Reviews for Fools Rush In

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7)

Fools Rush In' is a sweet, entertaining retread of an ancient formula, in which opposites attract despite all the forces arrayed to push them apart.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Take away the ethnic/pregnancy angles, and we've seen this premise countless times -- all the way back to the spate of post-World War II romances about returning veterans and the mates they married in a blink.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4
Top Critic

Hayak's Latin roots diversify the music...the movie also makes good use of the Nevada-Arizona border at Hoover Dam.

August 11, 2021 | Full Review…

...completely bland and hopelessly generic...

August 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A fun no-brainer that successfully casts a sweet romantic spell.

September 17, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

No laughs in this one at all. Who decided to write a movie about a club designer? Boring concept, no chemistry.

July 14, 2003 | Rating: 0/5

Audience Reviews for Fools Rush In

"You will never know love unless you surrender to it". My main reason for renting this movie was because I started to watch Friends and Matthew Perry was hilarious in it so I decided to get this, and you know what I was ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY not dissapointed. You know it was still the same type of movie Matthew Perry would do but at the same time this movie was funny but a touching love story. Matthew Perry will forever be my fave, and he always will be! :) Salma Hayek is a good actress herself too.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

hated it thought it was boring and pointless

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Very cute movie.

Nani Vang
Nani Vang

Super Reviewer

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