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

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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

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