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Plot: In the mid-1980s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager Morris Levy. One is a singer from Los Angeles, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philadelphia; one teaches high school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be the widow… Runtime: 116 min Release Date: 28 Aug 1998
I thought this was a great movie, a little off-base, but a lot of fun. I'm a big Frankie Lymon fan, so it's nice to see a movie about him. The music was great in the film, and I think Tate did a great job as Frankie. And of course the leading ladies were great, hilarious, and emotional. I do have a question though. The credits don't list who plays the Kinks. There was a scene where they performed on Hullaballoo. Does anyone have any idea? Particularly who played Dave Davies? I was told it was remastered from an original show, but I highly doubt it. Overall, this is definitely a <more>
movie I added to my collection. I recommend for any doowop fan!
this movie was one of the best movies i have ever seen..i think it should have gotten rates of 6 to 10 not any lower..i gave it a ten for the people who performed outstandingly well and for what the movie was about..money,love and all the others because most of us deal with that in real life and it shows us a way of how we can deal with it in a sort of good way.it also shows us ways of life that we have never seen before that we don't even care..and i just have to say that Frankie Lyman or a.k.a Lorenz Tate was hot in this movie and i think was the best actor in this whole movie but the <more>
ladies making a deal to split the money was so stupid because everyone knows that whoever won was not going to stick to the deal but maybe the good hearted one would have.
The filmmakers know you've heard this tale before - true life chronicle of a young singing star's rise and tragic fall - and so they wisely downplay the standard bio trappings and instead focus on a raucously entertaining ride through Frankie Lymon's woman troubles. The smart screenplay revolves around the court battle of Lymon's three wives yes, three! over song royalties, leading to vivid and often humorously contradictory flashbacks of their lives with the singer. Larenz Tate is magnetic playing the many different sides of the ever-changing lead character, but the film <more>
ultimately belongs to Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox and Lela Rochon as the wives. Each is allowed to shine as the trio portrays 30 years of changes in the women's lives, with Fox drop-dead hilarious as the most outrageous of the three. There's beautifully detailed '60s-era cinematography, sets, costuming and musical numbers, plus a side-splitting turn by Miguel Nunez as a young Little Richard. Major issues such as '60s race relations are barely glanced at, but what this film lacks in depth, it makes up for ten-fold in entertainment value. A winner!
I loved this movie. I was flipping through the cable channels, and this was on. It sucked me in. It was one of the Best movies I have ever seen. Halle Berry did a remarkable job. If you haven't seen this movie, SEE IT!
I liked this movie (by Roger-81)
I don't believe this movie didn't do better in the ratings. I thought it was clever and entertaining. Halle Berry is beautiful and Larenz Tate was engaging as Frankie Lymon. Again, Gregory Nava is a director to watch for. I didn't realize he also did Selena and that was a movie I also enjoyed. Nothing heavy or slick, no action, fires, explosions, just good story telling about characters and their relationships with one another.
One of my favorite music movies ever (by DunnDeeDaGreat)
Why Do Fools Fall In Love is one of my favortie music movies next to Sparkle and The Five Heartbeats. Larenz Tate is great as Frankie Lymon although the film isn't really his, it's more the story of his wives. Played three fine black actresses. The music, settings and direction are all every good. If you wanna have a good time chekc this one out.
An effective view point and a lively soundtrack make this musical work. *** out of **** (by Movie-12)
Starring: Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon, Larenz Tate, and Little Richard Director: Gregory Nava 115 minutes Rated R for language, sexuality and thematic elements "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" is a mostly pleasant, uplifting experience in the wonderful world of film. It is a memorable musical with tunes to remember and an atmosphere to be charmed by. Not only is this a good movie, but one worth the price of a theater ticket even though it is now available on home video and DVD, and no longer at the multiplex . I liked it---and I recommend it!The film's title, "Why <more>
Do Fools Fall In Love," comes from the name of a song sang by the 1950's rock and roll group called "The Teenagers." A key member in that band is Frankie Lymon, who was 13 when he had his big record hit and 25 when he committed suicide. The record had success beyond imagination for his band. Propelling them into the world of greed, fame, and confusion as gradually their team began to break apart and turn on each other, causing Frankie to turn to a life of drugs, the army, and sex, with his wife, of course...but did I mention he had three of them."Why Do Fools Fall in Love" tells the inspiring story of how musical legend Frankie Lymon married three separate women without any of them having any knowledge of the other. The movie does not tell its story through the eyes of Frankie Lymon, however, but with the three women who all claim to be the wife of the late Frankie Lymon squabbling in court over the estate: Zola Taylor Halle Berry who is a glamorous singer with the Platters, Elizabeth Waters Vivica A. Fox , a crook who supported him so much that she took he love to the extreme to pay the money in which needed to be used for his drug rehab, and Emira Eagle Lela Rochon , a religious school teacher who was always there for him after he was part of the Army and sent to Georgia for training. They each argue that they deserve the four million that Frankie held in his estate.The premise is informational and well structured. We learn who the main characters are, what we are dealing with here, and a clear problem. Although the emotional view point of this film is constantly changing, making it hard to root for anyone in the cast, for a long period of time the emotional side of the story stands out of the picture, because most of the story is told through flashbacks of the Spouses, and when in trial, the emotional point of view varies from person to person, making any of the flashback scenes irrelevant. Yes, the subject madder of the film is a little ridiculous, but I think the point of view that the director chose to use here is quite effective, nonetheless. One of the witnesses, Little Richard, provides cute comic relief in the middle of the dramatic heat.Much of this film is full of style and glamour. The singing scenes with Frankie are so inspiring and energetic it is hard not to want to clap for him at the end of his performance. Speaking of performances, Larenz Tate acts creatively and hip as Frankie himself. Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox and Lela Rochon are all perfect in their roles as well. All of their characters discharge chemistry from one another.Around mid-point in "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" the hard truth sets in. Frankie Lymon becomes a has-been and discovers the world of crime and drugs. The movie losses its energy, becomes dark and goes down hill. Frankie gets in fights with druggies, his wife, his agents, and in an emotionally disturbing scene he even has the gull to throw his wife's pet dog out the window. This movie beings as a charm feast and turns into a profanely fueled, hard core slice of street life. This concept does not work, and in some ways, ruins the production. I think the filmmakers should have focused a little bit more on Frankie's successes than his failures, then we may have had a lot here.Even so, the last twenty minutes of the film we just great, and we leave the movie with a happy feeling inside knowing forever about the successes and disappointments of Frankie Lymon. Isn't that what this kind of movie exists for, informing us about somebody in an entertaining way. In that case, this is an imaginative gem of truth and lies.