French Kiss

May 5th, 1995


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A woman flies to France to confront her straying fiancé, but gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her for smuggling.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 6.3/10 (22,016 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Stars: Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton

Kate and Charlie have a perfect life planned out before them: buying a house, marriage, kids, the whole works. Kate's fear of flying keeps her in Canada while Charlie goes to Paris for a medical convention. While there Charlie is smitten by the lovely Juliette. He calls off the wedding with Kate and she nervously boards a plane to get him back. She ends up sitting next to the petty French thief Luc Teyssier. He hides a stolen necklace and smuggled grape vine in her bag to get it through customs. Her bag is stolen, the necklace apparently lost, and Kate and Luc head to Cannes -- Luc to find the necklace and Kate get Charlie back. Along the way, Kate and Luc begin having feelings for each other -- which change the course of their lives.

Meg Ryan - Kate
Kevin Kline - Luc Teyssier
Timothy Hutton - Charlie
Jean Reno - Inspector Jean-Paul Cardon
François Cluzet - Bob
Suzan Anbeh - Juliette
Renée Humphrey - Lilly
Michael Riley - M. Campbell
Laurent Spielvogel - Concierge
Victor Garrivier - Octave
Elisabeth Commelin - Claire (as Elizabeth Commelin)
Julie Leibowitch - Olivia
Miquel Brown - Sgt. Patton
Louise Deschamps - Jean-Paul's Girl
Olivier Curdy - Jean-Paul's Boy

Taglines: Kate's stuck in a place where anything can happen with a guy who'll make sure that it does

Release Date: 5 May 1995

Filming Locations: American Embassy - 2 Avenue Gabriel, Paris 8, Paris, France

Gross: $38,900,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Kevin Kline's part was originally earmarked for Gérard Depardieu.

Factual errors: While Luc is driving the stolen Citroen XM he activates the horn by pressing the centre of the steering wheel, but this model of car has the horn button on the end of the indicator stalk.

Kate: Hi there. C'est moi.
Concierge: [coolly] Welcome back, Madame, to the Georges V.
Kate: Huh... it's incredible how you do that. The words come out - "Welcome back" - but the meaning is completely different. What's the deal, is that a French thing or a concierge thing?
Concierge: As Madame wishes.
Kate: You did it again. Tell me something, because I just... I don't get it. Do you enjoy being that rude? Because when you do that, it just gets underneath my skin, and it makes me... completely... INSANE!

User Review

Beautiful, simply beautiful

Rating: 10/10

I just watched this and fell in love! Everything about it was entrancing! Superb acting, fantastic scenery, and you have got to love that soundtrack! I absolutely love Kevin Kline, and he nailed it again in French Kiss. Can I help it if I like him as a French man? Meg Ryan was astoundingly funny. Comedic performances were perfect and the romantic side was so sweet it will break your heart! If you get the chance to see this, whether it be on TV or whatever, watch it. It will make you laugh out incredibly loud (ahem, like me) and cry at its ending (again, like me). I give this a 10 out of 10. But, then again, that is just me. You'll have to check this out to be the judge of that yourself.