Why Do Fools Fall In Love


Biography / Drama

IMDb Rating 6.3


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116 min
P/S 81 / 133

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Reviewed by apocalypse later 9

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 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!

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Reviewed by Roger-81 8

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.

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Reviewed by mattymatt4ever 7

&quot;Why Do Fools Fall in Love&quot; is somewhat flawed and takes quite a lot of artistic liberties, but it&#39;s always fun to watch. Larenz Tate isn&#39;t entirely convincing as Frankie Lymon--I guess they just cast him because he&#39;s real short. The concert scenes and TV appearances where he sings are noticeably lip-synched and look pretty cheesy. But acting-wise Tate did a fine job. Obviously, they didn&#39;t really delve into his drug addiction, to keep with its light-hearted feel. So we don&#39;t get to experience the heavy drama of Lymon&#39;s short life. The actresses were good--Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox and Lela Rochon. Their performances were equally effective and amusing. The great Little Richard has some spirited cameos. He definitely brought the mood of the film to an all-time high. I just wish he could&#39;ve been in it for longer than 10 minutes. The whole movie basically concentrates on the romantic-comedy portions of Lymon&#39;s life--some true, some fabricated. There were some dramatic moments, but they occur mostly towards the end. But I got a lot of laughs and the film just has a fitfully satisfying upbeat tone. Of course, I LOVED the music. I have to admit that was one of the main reasons I enjoyed it so much. <br/><br/>&quot;Why Do Fools Fall in Love&quot; is a moderately loose portrayal of Lymon&#39;s life, but it makes great entertainment.

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