Reviewed by: Kevin Burk
“Fools Rush In” portrays the harsh and sweet realities of trying to make a marriage work when the future looks bleak. It’s a tale of love eventually conquering all, of which Hollywood has always been fond.
Matthew Perry (“Friend's” Chandler) portrays a jet-set executive assigned to Las Vegas to complete the opening of a new nightclub. One night in a bar, he meets a beautiful stranger, played by the lovely Salma Hayek. After a one-night stand, Hayek returns months later to inform Perry that she is pregnant. Perry claims to care about Hayek deeply and the two get married. The rest of the film explores how difficult marriage is for the couple. By the end of the film, their marriage faces a major challenge, but in the end love conquers all.
Entertainment wise, this film turned in good performances from the two leads and some funny and touching moments. From a Christian perspective, I would only recommend this film for adults and morally well grounded teens. The movie does do a fairly good job of showing that nights of passion are more than just harmless fun and can lead to a lifetime of consequences, however. Its main problem is that, in real life, one night stands rarely lead to successful, happy marriages as this one does. On the plus side, it does show that marriage is difficult and requires a lifetime of work and commitment.