Story: A woman gets dumped by her fiancee while he’s visiting Paris. Determined to get him back, she fights her fear of flying and plans on re-seducing him.
Why You Should See It: Meg Ryan was at the heights of her rom-com powers in this uneven summer comedy, directed by Lawrence Kasdan… yes, the same Kasdan who co-wrote “The Force Awakens” and “Empire Strikes Back.” What the hell was he doing making this very bizarre rom-com?
Well, Kasdan just came off the disastrous “Wyatt Earp” the summer before, which starred Meg’s then-husband, Dennis Quaid. LK needed to wash it down with something. Why not hang out in different regions of France to forget your sorrows of being an A-list Hollywood director? Meg (who produced) came calling and Kasdan said,”oui, oui.”
And pretty much its a “who cares about the story, its in France and stars Meg Ryan at her rom-com queen heights” sort of thing. The story is convoluted. Her fear of heights which was such a huge deal in the beginning basically vanishes. Every French stereotype in the book gets played in this pre-Eurozone world. But how often do you get to see a Hollywood comedy set in France and shot so well? Even the Billy Wilder affairs (“Love in The Afternoon”, “Ninotchka”) were mostly on sound-stages.
I Paris je t’aime this movie because it’s a 2-hour Parisian postcard in glorious 35mm wide screen. Sure, “French Kiss” was made in the mid-90s during a time very good French directors were emerging in France, but no French movie ever looks like this. Even on YouTube, its tres beau.
Kevin Kline plays a French caricature well enough, though he can get annoying at times, failing to replicate the intensity of “A Fish Called Wanda.” But he’s still good in the role. But seriously, who cares about Kline? Jason Alexander could have played “The French Guy.” It’s the Meg Ryan in France show. Lucille Ball, Jerry Lewis, even John Ritter, would be proud. Hollywood is sorely missing Meg Ryan. We need Kirsten Wiig to start taking more control of her career, our only hope to claim this unfastened championship belt. I Can’t Believe It’s On YouTube.
Written by: Norith Soth