Fools Rush In (1997 film)

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Fools Rush In
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andy Tennant
Produced by Doug Draizin
Michael McDonnell
Written by Katherine Reback
Joan Taylor
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Robbie Greenberg
Edited by Roger Bondelli
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
February 14, 1997 (1997-02-14)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $29,481,428

Fools Rush In is a 1997 American romantic comedy film starring Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek, directed by Andy Tennant.


Alex Whitman (Matthew Perry) is an architect from New York City who is sent to Las Vegas to supervise the construction of a nightclub that his firm has been hired to build. Alex is a strait-laced WASP-ish type who, while enjoying a night on the town, meets Isabel Fuentes (Salma Hayek), a free-spirited Mexican-American photographer. Alex and Isabel are overtaken by lust at first sight and end up spending the night together; however, their immediate attraction doesn't last in the cold light of day, and they don't see each other for another three months.

When they do meet again, it's because Isabel has some interesting news for Alex: she's pregnant with his child. Alex and Isabel decide that they should do the right thing and quickly get married (with an Elvis impersonator serving as witness), but after Isabel meets Alex's mom (Jill Clayburgh) and Alex is confronted by Isabel's father (Tomas Milian), both start to wonder if "doing the right thing" was just that, especially as Alex tries to balance his career in New York with Isabel's desire to continue working in Nevada.

They end up divorced on the night of their daughter's birth, but soon remarry with both of their families present.



The following list of titles represents the music used in sequence with the movie.

  1. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town - Burl Ives (office Christmas party scene)
  2. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley (Alex gets excited about Las Vegas)
  3. Las Abajeñas - Mariachi Reyes de Aserradero
  4. Two to Tango - Vanessa Daou (one-night stand/morning after)
  5. Para Donde Vas - The Iguanas (playing while Alex follows Isabel in his car, just after she announces she's pregnant)
  6. El Pichon
  7. La Martiniana
  8. Ain't That a Kick in the Head - Dean Martin (Elvis impersonator wedding/honeymoon scene)
  9. Linda Guerita - Brave Combo
  10. Si Tu Te Vas - Enrique Iglesias
  11. Mi Tierra - Gloria Estefan
  12. La Virgen de la Macarena - Pérez Prado
  13. Nothing is Permanent - Brave Combo
  14. La Bamba - Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán
  15. Los Machetes - Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán
  16. Fever - Peggy Lee (Alex's parents leaving Las Vegas scene)
  17. Talk to Me - Wild Orchid ("Boulevard Club" opening night scene)
  18. Naked Eye - Luscious Jackson ("Boulevard Club" opening night scene/Isabel walks out)
  19. I Wonder - Chris Isaak (Isabel on her way to her grandmother's house)
  20. Danke Schoen - Wayne Newton (Alex's "epiphany"/leaving New York)
  21. It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley (Alex on the trail to find Isabel)
  22. Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley (The "real wedding"/closing credits)


Fools Rush In holds a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[1]

Box office[edit]

Its domestic gross was 29 million .[2]


  1. ^ Fools Rush In, Rotten Tomatoes, accessed May 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "No. 1 'Star Wars' Takes the Holiday". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 

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