Forget Paris

"Very Good"

Forget Paris Review


It's a shame that so many romantic comedies are in current release, because inevitably, something good is going to be overlooked due to the cinematic glut of warm fuzzies. As the third of its type in about as many weeks, Forget Paris is one of the strongest entries of the genre.

Billy Crystal directs and stars in this Baby Boomer romantic fable about a pair of star-crossed lovers (Crystal, as Mickey, and Debra Winger, as Ellen) who can't seem to get their relationship right. Going through a dozen iterations of "boy meets girl, boy loses girl," the couple's story is told through a narrative from their friends over dinner.

Mickey is a tempestuous basketball referee (and some of the film's funniest moments are with him on the courts with the players--unfortunately, they have been overplayed ad nauseum in the film's trailers). Ellen is the newly found love of his life, an American expatriate working in Paris for an airline which loses Mickey's dead father, who is being flown to France for his burial.

What follows is Woody Allen-esque hilarity. The couple really click and finally get together. Ellen leaves Paris to be with Mickey. Mickey quits his traveling ref job to be with Ellen. Ellen's father moves in. No one is happy, and one thing after another conspires against our tragic couple to keep things from getting better. The bulk of the film is their various attempts at working things out, none of which seem to work.

Crystal and Winger (cast against type and pulling it off well) have some great chemistry, and they play off each other perfectly with characteristic sarcasm. Using the friends as a narrative plot device is weak, but it is understated enough not to distract you from the rest of the picture.

As a romance, Forget Paris is hauntingly realistic and downright hilarious, and although it gets a bit silly in places (as is expected when Crystal is around), it doesn't flinch in showing you the unglamorous flip side to the Hollywood Ending. I'd wager that most of the audience will leave the theater with a "been there, done that" sentiment that balances the comedy perfectly.



Forget Paris

Facts and Figures

Run time: 101 mins

In Theaters: Friday 19th May 1995

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Fresh: 17 Rotten: 17

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Mickey Gordon, as Ellen Andrews Gordon, as Andy, as Liz, as Craig, as Lucy, as Jack, Mary Ann Hermansen as Knicks City Dancer, Bill Laimbeer as Himself, John Starks as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, Dan Majerle as Himself, Kevin Johnson as Himself, Paul Westphal as Himself, Sean Elliott as Himself, Patrick Ewing as Himself, Tim Hardaway as Himself, as Himself, Reggie Miller as Himself, Chris Mullin as Himself, Charles Oakley as Himself, Kurt Rambis as Himself, Isiah Thomas as Himself, Marques Johnson as Himself, as Himself, David Sanborn as Himself, Spud Webb as Himself

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Advertisement
Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.