Title: French Kiss Director: Lawrence Kasdan Year: 1995 Run time: 1hr 51m
“Academy Award Winner Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan star in this delightful romantic comedy about life, love and larceny. When her fiancé, smitten by a Frenchwoman, calls to cancel their wedding, Kate flies to Paris determined to win him back. But nothing could have prepared her to meet Luc, a sexy Frenchman with a gift for gab and a fondness for thievery. Swept into one misadventure after another across France, Kate and Luc discover the greatest thing they’ve stolen may be each other, changing their lives in ways they never dreamed possible.”
2:45 - She’s so funny. Don’t fall out of planes though, hey. 5:28 - Interest rates close to 14%?? I wish. 7:22 - “You keep watching all those shows you watch, you’ll never be able to leave the house.” 11:49 - “I get around as nature intended. In a car.” Incredible scenes. 16:45 - I love them already. 23:33 - The cars have aged. 25:24 - Puritanical hypocrites! Burn! 30:47 - “My” car. 35:02 - Zip, boom, bonjour. 37:18 - “Never touch my vine.” 40:29 - I forgot how frustrating her constantly missing the Eiffel Tower is. 52:42 - He can be smug, but they can just find out where the train is going and be waiting for him. 59:29 - McDonald’s burn. 1:08:55 - “Wine is like people.” 1:10:43 - I feel like they might have been longer than two hours. 1:19:43 - Mmm, hotel showers. 1:30:17 - That tiny TV is ruining the scene for me. 1:34:47 - He is good at plans. 1:39:29 - “I’m currently without country.” 1:44:06 - Did she get her passport sitch sorted or what?
Just like The Cutting Edge a couple of films ago, this movie is one that I remember absolutely adoring when I saw it. Unlike The Cutting Edge, I only saw it once, maybe twice, before never being able to find it again and then mostly forgetting about it. Seeing it available on Amazon Prime gave me that jolt that you only get when you find something long lost.
It didn’t quite live up to my memory of it but I still liked it this time out. Something I hadn’t really noticed before but Mr C pointed out to me watching for the first time is that Kate really isn’t a particularly strong character for the first hour or so of the movie. Right up until the point that she reveals she’s wearing the necklace, it was actually quite hard to root for her.
I guess I like this film for the Frenchness more than anything, but I do enjoy their back-and-forth conversations and how they manage to keep bumping into each other in a journey that would otherwise be pretty scary. Either way, I’m so glad to have been able to add this to the Film Watch collection.