May 8, 1995 -- ``French Kiss'' is a lighthearted romantic comedy which ought to appeal to those who liked ``Sleepless in Seattle'' and ``While You Were Sleeping.'' It stars Meg Ryan (who also starred in ``Sleepless in Seattle'') and Kevin Kline (``A Fish Called Wanda'' and ``Dave'').
Kline is very funny playing a Frenchman and Ryan is always fun to watch. Ryan goes to Paris to try to win back her fiance, Charlie, played by Timothy Hutton and is aided by Luc (Kevin Kline) who is really after the stolen necklace in her purse.
This is part slapstick comedy and partly a comedy of errors. The slapstick doesn't always work, but it works often enough. The two lead actors are very good and they are ably supported by others such as Jean Reno (who plays Luc's cop friend Jean-Paul).
Some film critics, such as Roger Ebert, have criticized this film for it's inaccurate portrayal of the French and because it tries to compromise between romance and comedy. I'm no expert on the French, and I'm not sure you can make a romantic comedy without making some compromises between romance and comedy, but I thought it was a better than average movie.
I could nit-pick about some things in this film, but not enough to rate it a C. I think it rates a B.
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