Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Linda Release date: May 5, 1995 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
With Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, laughter, romance and the enticing surroundings of the city of Paris and the lovely French countryside, this movie really has it all! Directed by Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill, and The Accidental Tourist), it tells the story of Kate (Ryan), a soon-to-be-wed woman who swiftly overcomes her long-standing fear of flying and boards a plane to Paris when her fiance' (Timothy Hutton) telephones her with the news that he has found amour in the arms of a beautiful femme Francaise.
Ryan plays the part of the panic-stricken traveler and hesitant femme fatale to the hilt. She will have you in stitches. Early in her Parisian quest, Kate meets Luc, a quintessential Frenchman whose scruffy beard, cavalier attitude and bushes with the law serve as a stark contrast to her naive, inhibited nature. Their rapport is reminiscent of Ryan's onscreen relationship with Billy Crystal in "When Harry Met Sally."
Kline is excellent as the fast-talking Frenchman, having boned up on his French skills at New York's Alliance Francaise. It is Ryan who clearly steals the show. She has a way of bringing such hilarity to Kate's trials and setbacks. If you've seen the preview of a shaken Kate sobbing into the receiver as she stands in a pay-phone overlooking L'Arc de Triomphe, you know what I mean. With tear rolling down her face, she courageously raises a limp arm and bumbles "I will triumph!" If we could only maintain this good natured humor when we find ourselves in such situations.