Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)

Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)
Oh, to be in England...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

French Kiss 1995

French Kiss 1995 Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline

My romantic comedy phase continues. French Kiss was on television on the weekend, and I have to say it is lovely for a light summer evening's entertainment. Kevin Kline is brilliant as the slightly rough around the edges Frenchman, Luc.  Even though he is of course not French, he is hilarious. And Meg Ryan is adorable and doing what she does best as Kate, the uptight yuppie trying to win her fiancee back.

Now, remember, Kevin Kline's character is pronounced Lee-ook. And you must hum La Mer (or Bobby Darrin's Beyond the Sea) as you are reading this. If you need a memory jog, here is the YouTube of Luc (Kline) singing it to Kate-La Mer! 

En route to Paris

Kate: [singing] I hate Paris in the springtime/I hate Paris in the fall/I hate Paris in the summer when it sizzles/I hate Paris in the winter when it drizzles/I hate Paris, oh why oh why do I hate Paris?/Because my love is there... with his SLUT girlfriend.


Luc: [on Kate's fear of flying] I'm curious how you got around your whole life, or do you just stay in your house with the doors locked?
Kate: I get around as nature intended: in a car.

Luc Teyssier

Luc: For me, bullshit is like breathing.

Kate: You lost your birthright in one hand of poker?
Luc: I'm an asshole. What can I tell you?

Du fromage?

Kate: Did you know that there are four hundred and fifty-two official government cheeses in this country? Don't you think that's incredible? To come up with four hundred and fifty-two ways of classifying what is basically a bacterial process?
Luc: You would prefer one cheese? One cheeseburger to put it on and one restaurant to eat it in?
Kate: I'm saying I *like* the cheese. God!


Kate: Spasm! Spasm! Oh, God, here it comes... lactose intolerance! 

Les rues de Paris!

Kate: [to Luc] You'll become one of those hunchbacked, lonely old men, sitting in the corner of a crowded cafe, mumbling to yourself, "My ass is twitching. You people make my ass twitch."

At Cartier

Inspector Jean-Paul Cardon: I must come to Canada someday. You are a very sympathetic people.
Kate: Well, actually, I'm not really a Canadian. In fact, I'm... currently without country.


Luc: And I am thinking, you should not be flying anywhere.
Kate: I shouldn't?
Luc: No, in fact, I am sure of it. I am thinking, I want you.
Kate: You want me?
Luc: That's all. I want you.


So sweet! Now I want to watch it again. I am adding this one to my collection so I can watch it whenever I want. Perhaps the next time I have a headache? Or a cold? Add a cup of tea  (avec le fromage et un biscuit?) and it would be parfait!


  1. Dear Jenny:

    This is one of my all-time favourites!!! Whenever I feel the need for a virtual French vacation (Paris, the Rhone Valley and Cannes) I get the urge to watch this. It is absolute perfection - and you know how much I love Kevin Kline!
    If any of your readers haven't seen it yet, I can't urge them enough to find French Kiss and settle in for a perfect romantic comedy. And the fact that it was written by a Canadian and is partially set in Canada (at the beginning) is an added bonus for us Canadians!

    Big Sister

  2. Love this movie and the soundtrack!

    This is my first comment, but I've been reading your blog for a few months. It has given me a wealth of ideas for things to watch on "my night" when my boys go out and I have the TV to myself.

    I do have a suggestion for you if you haven't already seen it. There was a series back in the 80s on PBS called Flambards that was just wonderful. I hope you can watch it; I would love to read your comments!

  3. hi Jenny, your sick day prepping would make one look forward to being sick. i loved this movie.

  4. I enjoyed this picture b/c of Kevin Kline and the French policeman. By the time this film came out, I realized that Meg Ryan had a limited range--every role was pretty much the same. But it was a cute movie.




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