Fools Rush In

February 14th, 1997


Fools Rush In

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Still of Salma Hayek in Fools Rush InStill of Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry in Fools Rush In

After a one night stand with Isabel, Alex realizes that she is pregnant and they decide to get married. However, along with the marriage comes compromise of one's own cultural traditions.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 5.8/10 (15,366 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Director: Andy Tennant

Stars: Matthew Perry, Salma Hayek, Jon Tenney

Sparks fly and cultures collide in this romantic comedy about a casual night of passion that turns into the love of a lifetime. Alex Whitman is a New Yorker sent to Las Vegas to oversee a construction project. There he meets Isabel Fuentes, and some serious chemistry brings them together for one night. But Alex doesn't see Isabel again until three months later, when he learns she is pregnant. On a whim and prayer, he proposes. However, there's more to marriage than a Vegas chapel and an Elvis impersonator, as Alex and Isabel soon learn.

Writers: Joan Taylor, Katherine Reback

Matthew Perry - Alex Whitman
Salma Hayek - Isabel Fuentes Whitman
Jon Tenney - Jeff
Carlos Gómez - Chuy (as Carlos Gomez)
Tomas Milian - Tomas Fuentes
Siobhan Fallon - Lanie
John Bennett Perry - Richard Whitman
Stanley DeSantis - Judd Marshall
Suzanne Snyder - Cathy Stewart
Anne Betancourt - Amalia
Jill Clayburgh - Nan Whitman
Angelina Torres - Great Grandma (as Angelina Calderon Torres)
Debby Shively - Donna, Construction Secretary
Mark Adair-Rios - Juan Fuentes
Annie Combs - Dr. Lisa Barnes, OBGYN

Taglines: What if finding the love of your life meant changing the life that you loved?

Release Date: 14 February 1997

Filming Locations: Crown Point, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA

Opening Weekend: $9,714,940 (USA) (17 February 1997) (1674 Screens)

Gross: $29,291,566 (USA) (13 July 1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Before the movie was filmed, there was no Arizona/Nevada "border" painted on the highway that spans the Hoover Dam. When it was added for the movie, local officials decided to keep it intact after the filming of the movie. As of September 2005 the border painted in the street is no longer there.

Continuity: At the end of the movie when Isabel slams on her brakes on the Hoover Dam, her toenails are not painted. When she is sitting in the ambulance after giving birth, they are painted a dark red.

Tracey Burnham: Well nobody ever plans to end up in Vegas. You just do. Kinda sneaks up on you. But it is the fastest growing economy in the US, the economy is booming, business is growing, I'm up to my neck in paperwork. Oh, but frankly, it's not a whole lotta fun. Are you are whole lotta fun Alex?
Alex Whitman: Ah, Jeff said we might have some problems with our liquor license because of new zoning?
Tracey Burnham: Mmmm, I'll talk to the County Supervisor for you but if I were you I'd pay more attention to the ABC investigation. They're gonna ask you all kinds of personal questions. They'd like nothing more than to catch you with your pants down.

User Review

An under-appreciated movie

Rating: 10/10

This is one of those movies that I can't help but love. It certainly isn't the best movie ever, but Perry and Hayek both turn in wonderful performances. You can't help but like both of them. You care for the characters. And that is something that is becoming more and more rare in today's movies. The supporting cast does a great job as well, especially Perry's real father and Jill Clayburgh as his parents. It probably is the first time Hayek shows that she is a star and can carry a movie (or at least half of it) on her back. Perry brings a great sense of comedy to the movie. Some of his scenes and lines are laugh-out-loud funny. On top of that, the story is just quirky enough (based on a real-life romance) that the entire situation makes you chuckle.


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