Fools Rush In is a 1997 romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant. Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek star.
What if finding the love of your life meant changing the life that you loved?
An impulsive love story.
Returning from one job site with a large spearfish, Alex (Matthew Perry) learns from his close friend Jeff, that he doesn't want to go to Japan for his next assignment, but to Las Vegas. The timing will allow them both to return to Manhattan and manage another the new site there in the Big Apple. So it's off to Las Vegas for Alex Whitman, and during one of his early sojourns into a Mexican restaurant he meets Isabel (Salma Hayek) while standing in a bathroom line. They find themselves in a casual night of passion. Three months later Isabel returns to Alex's home and informs him that she is pregnant from their one-night stand. Alex chases Isabel to say he really didn't know how to respond but would like to do the right thing. Isabel convinces him to come to a family dinner that evening to meet her family. This action could help soften the blow later when he bows out of her life.
The family dinner is tense, musical and at the end magical. Alex holds an infant and Isabel's face shows her falling further in love with him. Alex is smitten with the large family and on the way home tries to explain how during the day he was in charge of his life and knew exactly what he wanted and where he was going. However sometime between his tuna melt for lunch and her aunt's tamales his whole life no longer made any sense. He felt that his chance to meet the right person was probably missed because he didn't pay attention while standing in a dry cleaning line. Alex stammers, and poetically tells Isabel "that she is everything he never knew he always wanted, and it has something to do with the rest of his life and they should get married right away". They marry that evening in a gaudy Vegas chapel, with an Elvis impersonator as a witness, and check into a honeymoon suite at one of the casinos.
Problems soon arise as Isabel learns that Alex really lives in Manhattan. Alex's parents, tipped by a lifelong friend stop by and think Alex has a great house keeper. They soon learn that Isabel is their new daughter-in-law. More cultural fireworks go off when the Alex's parents meet Isabel's on a hot day on Lake Mead. Spanish ghetto blasters battle with Presbyterian logic in a wonderful cultural standoff on just where the baby should be raised. This is a minor scrimmage compared to the couples own effort to get to know each other. The seven brothers take Alex on a rattlesnake hunt, where Alex collects only cactus thorns and dulls his pain with Tequila. Work, long days, schedules and family traditions create a lot of issues for the couple. Scenes of Isabel cooking, dancing, making Alex listen to her in the bathroom while she sits and explains what they should be doing, while his face contorts with discomfort being in a bathroom with anyone.
Eventually the club is completed, it's really classy, and the big boss spills the beans about Isabel seeing him later that week in New York City. The bottom falls out. Isabel misleads Alex about the well being of their little one during a hospital visit. She splits for her grandmother's home in Mexico, and Alex packs and returns to Manhattan. Divorce papers are served, hearts are broken, and no one is really telling the truth about how they really feel. Alex has learned to recognize signs, pictures of the desert southwest, Chihuahuas, religious hints, and a haunting song that forces both parties to 'Wonder' about the other. Alex bolts Manhattan for central Mexico, Isabel leaves central Mexico for Las Vegas, the two meet at the state line on Hoover Dam.
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