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French Kiss Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    50

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The delicate air of romance that often makes this sort of film worthwhile is absent. French Kiss does it by the numbers, not from the heart.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Kline's Frenchman is somehow not worldly enough, and Ryan's heroine never convinces us she ever loved her fiance in the first place. A movie about this kind of material either should be about people who feel true passion or should commit itself as a comedy. Compromise is pointless.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    In French Kiss--a picture that isn't unusually funny or original but that has expert actors, smooth direction and ravishing French locales--we can get pleasure from the sheer, relaxed polish of it all, the effortless swing. It's a good time passer. [5 May 1995, p.C]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Formulaic romcom is fine for teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy has a woman chasing after a man who not only has rejected her, but has also admitted to cheating on her. Yet somehow she feels she has to prove to him that she’s much more worthy of his attentions than her ultra-glamorous rival, further cementing the idea that women a) should vie for a man’s affections and, b) can overlook major transgressions in the pursuit of someone who validates them. Her other romantic option is a boorish man whom she detests -- yes, yet another "opposites attract" cliché. That said, it does support, in the end, the message that women need not be prototypically sexy to be appealing; that being comfortable in your own skin and quirks is even better. There’s also some swearing, and sexual innuendoes that may be too mature for tweens and younger.

  • Families can talk about Kate’s fixation on Charlie, despite his transgression. Does it seem a worthwhile chase?
  • How is this film different from other romantic comedies? How is it similar? Does it break the mold at all?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie has interesting things to say of what a life partner should bring out in his or her beloved, and how being in a safe relationship that doesn’t challenge you much but is nevertheless comfortable isn’t as ideal as it sounds. Still, it promotes the usual magical, but unrealistic, expectations we tend to place on love: that it be glamorous, combative, and difficult. Also, Kate is chasing after a man who has humiliated her, without regard to her own self-worth.

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    Role models: A man pretends to be friendly with a woman, but he’s only using her (at least, at first). Portrayals of the French and Canadians border on stereotype sometimes. A woman buys into the idea that a woman must “win” her man back, even if he has disrespected her and left her for someone else. But she also ultimately discovers that she ought to be appreciated for herself, just as she is.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A woman throws money at a man’s face. A man chokes another to get information out of him.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A man discusses the sexual habits of a woman he just met (enraging her); another commits infidelity. Sexual innuendoes pepper conversations; subjects include erectile dysfunction. A soulful French (natch!) kiss. Couples tryst in the shadows (moaning and kissing sounds).

  • language false2

    Language: From “bastard” to “bitch” to “a--hole” to “s--t” (or “bull---t”).

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Stoli, Georges V, Cartier.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Mention of using pot (though a nasty consequence is the end of the anecdote). A man breaks up with his girlfriend while inebriated. Passengers imbibe hard liquor while flying. A woman jeopardizes her Canadian residency application because she once smoked weed and was arrested. Plenty of smoking. Also, wine- and champagne-drinking at social and celebratory occasions.

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