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Fools Rush In (1997 film)

Fools Rush In (1997 film)

Fools Rush In is a 1997 American romantic comedy film starring Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek, directed by Andy Tennant.


Alex Whitman, a New York City project manager, is sent to Las Vegas to supervise the construction of a nightclub that his firm has been hired to build. He is a straight-laced WASP-ish type and meets Isabel Fuentes, a free-spirited Mexican-American photographer. Alex and Isabel are immediately attracted and spend the night together. In the morning, Isabel quietly slips away while Alex is still asleep.

Three months later, Isabel finds Alex to tell him she is pregnant with his child. She has decided to keep and raise the child alone, although it will disappoint her family. Isabel asks Alex to a family dinner so they can meet her baby's father at least once. He agrees, and despite some cultural differences, he finds himself more attracted to Isabel. Though Isabel is prepared to say goodbye, Alex suggests they pursue a relationship.

Alex proposes, and they quickly marry at a Las Vegas wedding chapel, complete with an Elvis impersonator serving as a witness. However, they gradually both wonder if they belong together, especially as Alex struggles to balance his New York-based career with Isabel's desire to stay in Nevada, near her family.

In early June, when Alex is at his company's head office, his boss tells him to return on July 1 for a new project and promotion. He secretly agrees to it, although he'd promised Isabel they wouldn't go until after the baby is born in October.

The newlyweds fight when Isabel finds out why he's been so busy and distant. Isabel suffers from a medical complication. While in the hospital, she lets Alex believe she lost the baby and says they're not meant to be together.

Disappointed, Alex returns to New York while Isabel, who is still pregnant, goes to Mexico to stay with her great-grandmother. After being served with divorce papers, he sees several 'signs' such as a priest telling him to watch carefully for guidance, he almost trips over a chihuahua, sees a landscape photo of the Grand Canyon and finally a young hispanic girl named Isabel can't keep her eyes off him. Alex realizes he loves Isabel and wants her more than his career.

Alex travels to rural Mexico to find Isabel, unaware she is still pregnant. Her great-grandmother, who only speaks Spanish, reveals that Isabel loves Alex and is driving back to Las Vegas to have her baby (which he only understands as she has returned to Las Vegas). He intercepts her at the Hoover Dam and says he loves her, then realizes she is still pregnant.

Isabel suddenly goes into labor and gives birth to a daughter, which coincides with their divorce becoming finalized. Soon after, they remarry with both families present, atop a cliff overlooking the Grand Canyon.




Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 34% of 32 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.2/10. The website's consensus reads: "Only Fools Rush In to see a basic romantic comedy where opposites try to attract and find an unlikely happy ending." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 37 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.

A positive review came from Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, who gave the film 3 stars out of a possible 4. He described Fools Rush In as "a sweet, entertaining retread of an ancient formula", elevated by good performances (particularly Hayek) and an insightful "level of observation and human comedy".

Matthew Perry considered Fools Rush In his "best movie".

Box office

In the United States and Canada, Fools Rush In grossed $29.5 million at the box office, and $13 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $42 million.


See also

  • List of films set in Las Vegas


Collection James Bond 007

External links

  • Fools Rush In at IMDb 
  • Fools Rush In at AllMovie

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