Funny Romantic Comedy
David Montgomery | davidjmontgomery.com | 05/26/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The romantic comedy is a very popular genre at the movies right now. I suppose that it always has been. In "Forget Paris" the emphasis is on the comedy, rather than the romance, and it provides a nice counterpart to some of the others.The story is structured in a fashion that will be familiar to Woody Allen fans. Three couples are sitting around at dinner telling stories about their absent friends Mickey (Billy Crystal) and Ellen (Debra Winger). Mickey and Ellen first meet in Paris through a rather amazing set of circumstances. (I won't give it away.) They fall in love, but Mickey has to go back to work-he's an NBA referee-so he leaves. He pines for Ellen, though, and it starts to affect his work. (There's a great scene with him and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.) Finally, Mickey returns to Paris and they resume where they left off.Eventually, they decide to get married and Ellen quits her job and moves to California with Mickey. That's when the problems begin. Mickey is constantly on the road, so Ellen gets lonely, plus she hates her new job. Basically, she's miserable.Trying to make things work out between them, Mickey quits his job and stays home with Ellen. In the meantime, she has gotten a great job that she loves so she's never home. Now Mickey is miserable.If you suspect that somehow everything works out in the end, you've probably seen this kind of movie before. No matter. A romantic comedy succeeds or fails, not based on its originality or unpredictability, but on its charm, humor and the charisma of its characters. On that basis, "Forget Paris" succeeds.Billy Crystal produced, directed and co-wrote the film, in addition to starring in it, so it's his picture all the way. With that kind of pedigree, you know it's going to be funny, and it is. Sometimes hilariously so. It also means that there will be moments when the story or the characters will be sacrificed in order to serve the humor-and there are. There are too many scenes where Crystal cracks jokes and all Winger is given to do is laugh at them. That's too bad. An actress of her talent and intelligence should have a character that is more worthy of her.There will be natural comparisons between this film and "When Harry Met Sally...," which also starred Billy Crystal. Although this picture is not as good as that one, it is still enjoyable."
This is Kathy and Rich !!!
Richard J. Goccia | Bridgewater, CT USA | 03/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best romantic comedy ever! My wife and I have watched this movie a hundred times and it never fails to make us laugh and fall in love all over again. We relate to how bad things are when we're apart and just how wonderful life is when we're together! I couldn't recommend a movie more highly. The best thing one could do is buy this movie now and share it with the one you love often."
Real, identifiable, funny, delectable. One of the best!
Shashank Tripathi | Gadabout | 04/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whatever paeans are sung to this impeccable lark of a flick will fall short of my true love and awe for it -- it is funny, very very well made and edited (not one boring or drawn out scene), both Debra Winger and Billy Crystal have a delectable chemistry and are in top form with their punchlines, and above all, this is a story that is so real and credible in its romance and emotions, one can almost _immediately_ identify with it. The story's narrative is in the reins of a bunch of people over a dinner table (quite an innovative flow as we lead Mickey and Ellen's lives -- Crystal and Winger respectively). The scenes and situations revolve around the couple's romance and the rough waters that they have to wade through, some touching, most quite interesting. And last but not the least, it just picks up some of the most beautiful songs by Cole Porter, the Gershwins and some other great american composers. This is all-round amazing entertainment -- pity it's not a sin to watch, or it would be as near bloody perfect as cinema can get!"