Kissing A Fool

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

This romantic comedy stars David Schwimmer, one of the actors on television's "Friends" show. He plays Max Abbitt, a womanizing popular sportscaster for a Chicago TV station. When Max's best friend and budding novelist, Jay Murphy (Jason Lee), introduces him to his editor, Samantha (Mili Avital), sparks fly. Although Samantha and Max don't recognize it as anything but Love with a capital "L," it is pure lust with a capital S-E-X. They have nothing in common, but quickly move in together, and Max announces his engagement on TV, shocking his Chicago female fans. Meanwhile, clean-cut, sensitive Jay is working diligently with Samantha to finish his first novel. Soon the reality of what marriage and commitment will do to his sex life begins to panic Max. He asks Jay to help him "test" Samantha to see if she might be tempted to cheat on Max. KISSING A FOOL has some really funny scenes and will probably attract older teenagers and young adults, but it is basically another episode of "Friends."

And, as with "Friends," this movie dwells on the one-dimensional theme of sex being the motivator of life itself. Max handles his personal insecurities by having sex with as many partners as possible. Sensitive Jay is in mourning over his failed romance with a trashy model shown in bed with two Frenchmen. Intelligent, shy Samantha seems totally out of character as she and Max begin a passionate sexual relationship on their first date. Later, she lures Max to bed, dressed in very skimpy lingerie and pounces on him. Although engaged to Samantha, Max and a co-worker are shown in a motel room together. No on-screen sex is shown, however, and none of these shallow liaisons develop into anything meaningful. Max's obsession with women manifests itself as he undresses women in his fantasies, with images of them in sexy underwear. Adding to this tale of promiscuous lifestyles is non-stop foul language, including at least 42 f-words, 13 s-words and 8 regular profanities. KISSING A FOOL gives the impression that today's society is made up of mostly fools.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal Blvd., Universal City, CA 91608

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 (16) times - Mild 6, Moderate 10

Obscene Language: Many (64) times - (f-word 42, s-word 13, other 9)

Profanity: Many (15) times - Regular 12 (G 6, J 3, C 3), Exclamatory 3

Violence: None

Sex: None, but implied few times (girl tackling man on bed, girl shown in bed with 2 men)

Nudity: None, but near nudity several times (stripper in thong briefs, skimpy outfits; women in sexy lingerie few times)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times - friends discuss their sex lives, passionate kissing, man puts hand on woman's rear, man fantasizes about women

Drugs: Many times - alcohol drinking at wedding reception, in bars; drunkenness; reference to being stoned all through college; woman chain smoking

Other: Promiscuous lifestyle presented as cover-up for insecurities

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Young adults

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