Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Start Movie Night with "French Kiss"

"French Kiss"

Tagline: Kate's stuck in a place where anything can happen with a guy who'll make sure that it does.

I absolutely love this movie and it was a great introduction to romantic comedies for me. Just thinking of the title brings a smile to my face. Meg Ryan, one of my favorite actresses, plays Kate, an Ameican/Canadian who flies to France even though she hates the French in hopes of getting her fiancé, Charlie (played by Timothy Hutton), back from a young French woman who has wooed him away from Kate. Enter Luc (played by Kevin Kline), a French man claiming to have all the knowledge of love and whom Kate meets on the plane to Paris. He promises to help her get Charlie back as Luc has his own needs for Kate. He stuffs a stolen diamond necklace into her bag and she makes it easily through customs, but as he and Kate journey through France, the necklace is still in Kate's hands and as she and Luc grow closer, she must decide whether to return the necklace or become part of Luc's crime. Luc also begins to question why exactly he is helping Kate back into Charlie's arms when his own desires for her begin to emerge. Through great scenery, constrast of French and American customs, and the bickering Kate and Luc, this movie delivers a roller coaster of amusement and entertainment.

Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline are amazing actors and their chemistry as a duo is quickly apparent from their first scene together. Kate's uptight attitude and fear of the French butts heads with Luc's blase approach to life and confidence in his charm. It's easy to dislike Charlie as well with his American and snobbish countenance paling in comparison to Luc's enthusiasm for Kate's endeavor and (illegal) tricks up his sleeve to get Kate and himself where they need to go. Luc is also on the run from an officer friend who has a lead on the stolen necklace. The chase becomes longer with the officer going after Luc, who is somewhat going after Kate, who is chasing Charlie. I love this movie, even though it is not an authentic French film. In a way, I see this as an advantage as you get the taste of French culture and scenery without the subtitles. Again, everything is more romantic in Europe, including Paris, the City of Love. This movie is longer than its romantic comedy counterparts, so block out some time and get ready for a European trip that is unlike any other.

Favorite lines

Kate: I hate Paris in the springtime, I hate Paris in the fall. I hate Paris, oh why oh why do I hate Paris? Because my love is there with his slut girlfriend.
Luc stares at Kate.

Luc: I lost my necklace.
Kate: Awe, poor baby. What did it look like?
Luc: Little diamonds on a small strand.
In the next scene
Kate: Hey Luc, did your necklace look a little something like...(stretches out the collar of her shirt) this!

Luc: In France, yes means no and no means yes. Do you get it?
Kate: No. (smiles)
Luc: You don't? (smiles as he sees Kate smiling)

Officer: I want to tell you a love story.
Luc: How does it begin?
Officer: Imagine an airplane...

*** Curious about other memorable lines from this movie, take a look at