French Kiss

1995 PG-13 1h 55m DVD

French Kiss

1995 PG-13 1h 55m DVD
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After her fiancée, Charlie (Timothy Hutton), calls off the engagement because he's met a beautiful Frenchwoman, American Kate (Meg Ryan) flies to Paris to win him back. But on the plane, she encounters cunning French thief Luc (Kevin Kline), who plants stolen jewels on her. While trying to recover the goods, Luc pretends to help Kate find Charlie -- but the City of Lights soon works its amorous magic on the couple in this warm romantic comedy.
Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton, Jean Reno, François Cluzet, Suzan Anbeh, Renée Humphrey, Michael Riley, Laurent Spielvogel, Victor Garrivier, Elisabeth Commelin, Julie Leibowitch, Miquel Brown, Louise Deschamps, Olivier Curdy
Lawrence Kasdan
Widescreen 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this comedy has a woman chasing after a man who not only has rejected her, but has also admitted to cheating on her. Yet somehow she feels she has to prove to him that she's much more worthy of his attentions than her ultra-glamorous rival, further cementing the idea that women a) should vie for a man's affections and, b) can overlook major transgressions in the pursuit of someone who validates them. Her other romantic option is a boorish man whom she detests -- yes, yet another "opposites attract" cliché. That said, it does support, in the end, the message that women need not be prototypically sexy to be appealing; that being comfortable in your own skin and quirks is even better. There's also some swearing, and sexual innuendoes that may be too mature for tweens and younger.

Sexual Content

A man discusses the sexual habits of a woman he just met (enraging her); another commits infidelity. Sexual innuendoes pepper conversations; subjects include erectile dysfunction. A soulful French (natch!) kiss. Couples tryst in the shadows (moaning and kissing sounds).


A woman throws money at a man's face. A man chokes another to get information out of him.


From "bastard" to "bitch" to "a--hole" to "s--t" (or "bull---t").

Social Behavior

The movie has interesting things to say of what a life partner should bring out in his or her beloved, and how being in a safe relationship that doesn't challenge you much but is nevertheless comfortable isn't as ideal as it sounds. Still, it promotes the usual magical, but unrealistic, expectations we tend to place on love: that it be glamorous, combative, and difficult. Also, Kate is chasing after a man who has humiliated her, without regard to her own self-worth.


Stoli, Georges V, Cartier.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Mention of using pot (though a nasty consequence is the end of the anecdote). A man breaks up with his girlfriend while inebriated. Passengers imbibe hard liquor while flying. A woman jeopardizes her Canadian residency application because she once smoked weed and was arrested. Plenty of smoking. Also, wine- and champagne-drinking at social and celebratory occasions.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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