French Kiss

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Box office favorite Meg Ryan steals the show as usual in the new comedy, FRENCH KISS. She plays Kate, a slightly neurotic young woman broken hearted over her fiance's sudden fascination with a beautiful Parisian. Her fear of flying had kept her from accompanying her fiancee, Charlie (Timothy Hutton), on a business trip to Paris, but Kate decides she must now join him. Luckily, an obnoxious seat mate, Luc (Kevin Kline), a Frenchman who speaks broken English, takes her mind off her fears. Luc's disheveled appearance disgusts Kate and his probing questions into her personal life make her angry. Unbeknownst to the naive Kate, Luc has slipped a diamond necklace that he has stolen into her bag. Upon her arrival in Paris, the two get separated and she goes straight to Charlie's hotel. Unable to make contact with Charlie, a forlorn, exhausted Kate falls asleep in the hotel lobby. While sleeping, she is robbed of her purse and the bag with the stolen necklace. The comical antics never stop as Luc frantically tries to find the necklace and Kate her fiancee. The two team up, gradually becoming friends and ultimately falling in love. FRENCH KISS is a fun, entertaining adult love story with a lot of laughs.

But before you rush to see this movie, take heed. Luc and Kate share some very intimate details about their sex lives. Luc analyzes her fear of flying as a fear of sex, life and love. Kate tells him his aggressiveness is a cover-up for his inadequacy as a lover. From this come many double entendres, accounting for much of the film's humor. Kate has been living with Charlie, and although they are engaged, he admits marriage scares him. Charlie's flamboyant affair with his French girlfriend reveals his shallow unconcern for Kate's feelings. While implied sex occurs twice, both are obscured and without nudity. Luc makes his living as a thief and is protected from prosecution because he once saved a detective's life. However, he does have a dream to own a vineyard someday and raise a family. Many obscenities, crudities and profanities seem totally out of character for Kate, who speaks many of them. What a shame FRENCH KISS slips into Hollywood's distorted view of lifestyles in the 90s.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
20th Century Fox Film Corp., 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (14) times - Mild 1, Moderate 13

Obscene Language: Many (13) times (f-word 2, s-word 10, other 1)

Profanity: Many (10) times - Regular 1 (G), Exclamatory 9

Violence: Once - Moderate (two men fight briefly)

Sex: None, but implied in obscured scene twice (no nudity)

Nudity: None; Near nudity few times (thong bikinis on beach, low cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (frank discussions of sexual habits; double entendres; passionate embraces, kissing)

Drugs: Few times (alcohol drinking)

Other: Thief doesn't pay consequences for crimes

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Intended Audience: Adults

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