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Prelude to a Kiss (Widescreen)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not that good: 2 and 1/2 stars Nov. 16 2003
First off I must say that I'm a big Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan fan. So when I discovered "Prelude to a Kiss" by accident at the rental store, I knew I had to check it out! Two of some of my favorite actors/actresses in one movie, in a romance movie no less! Well... all I can say is that I'm glad I only rented this movie instead of buying it.
Peter Hoskins (Alec Baldwin) cannot pinpoint his attraction to Rita Boyle (Meg Ryan). She has a pessimistic view on life and she has many strange quirks, including never being able to sleep. And yet the two inevitably fall in love and it seems that Peter has found the perfect happiness when Rita agrees to marry him. Yet on their wedding day, a mysterious Old Man (Sydney Walker) comes to the wedding reception and wishing to kiss the bride, Rita allows him to. An innocent kiss, but it wasn't in the slightest. On their honeymoon, Peter cannot get rid of the feeling that Rita is NOT the Rita he knew. Outwardly she is the same, but Peter knows she really isn't. What has happened?
"Prelude to a Kiss" is for one thing, NOT a romantic/comedy. It is a romance/drama/fantasy since it deals with many supernatural elements. Oh, and another thing, the story isn't really about the 'prelude' of 'a' kiss, it is the prelude AND aftermath of 'the' kiss.
My biggest problem with the story is that it really doesn't seem to flow very well. The pace is slow, from the very beginning where you feel that it might pick up. Unfortunately though, the end is rather luke-warm and just doesn't have the power I expected it to have. Another problem is the sexual content. In my opinion, true love can be better expressed by the main characters NOT having sex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROMANTIC FANTASY ABOUT SOUL MATES... Feb. 13 2002
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Peter Hoskins (Alec Baldwin) and Rita Boyle (Meg Ryan) meet at a party, and it is practically love at first sight. After a whirlwind courtship. they decide to get married. At their wedding, an old man (Sydney Walker) wanders in and kisses the bride. Suddenly, Rita's body is occupied by the spirit of the old man, while Rita's spirit is consigned to the body of the old man.
On their honeymoon Peter senses that something is not quite right about Rita. It is inexplicable to him that he could have been so mistaken about her. Gone is the Rita with whom he fell in love, his soul mate replaced by a virtual stranger housed in Rita's body. It is from this premise that an allegory on love flows beautifully throughout this film and serves as an insightful commentary on the nature of true love.
When Peter finally is able to figure out what has happened, he contrives to find away a way for Rita to come back to him as she was. You see, he does not love the "new" Rita. As lovely as she is, she is not the Rita with whom he fell in love. It is now the old man with whom he has an affinity. It is the old man whose company he now enjoys.
What happens and why certainly gives the viewer food for thought as to the nature of true love. Very well acted by Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan, and Sydney Walker, this is a utterly charming and touching romantic fantasy. The strong supporting cast of Patty Duke, Ned Beatty, Stanley Tucci, and Kathy Bates serve to round out this excellent and entertaining film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie! June 16 2000
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This is one of my favorite movies ever, in no small part due to the chemistry between Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin. The imperfections of the love between Peter and Rita are what make the relationship more endearing than the unrealistic sap usually offered up in movies (of course it was a stage play originally). Don't get me wrong, this movie if definitely off-the-hook but it is so wonderful to experience a film that doesn't insult our intelligence and at the same time offers up a truly unique and romantic storyline that I simply can't say enough about it. The scenes with Peter and the "old man" are hilarious; the actors create a believable reality that takes you on a strange but lovely ride through their lives. Some people do not "get" this movie, but if you have an off-beat sense of humour and enjoy movies that do too, get comfy, turn down those lights and snuggle up to someone special...or take hope that someday you will meet your Peter or Rita too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a soulmate type love story. Feb. 13 1999
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When I first heard someone else talk about this movie all I heard was how weird and dumb it was. So it took me a while to actually watch it, but when I did I was so moved by the deepness of the love between Peter and Rita. When they met they were so opposite but you see how they learn each other. Like when Peter knows it's not Rita, the soul he fell in love with, and "Rita" has learned to act like Rita: then Peter knows it's still not her and with tears in his eyes he says," please I'll do anything I just want her back." That one scene was so powerful for me!!! To be able to connect to someone like that is such a bond. I could go on and on but all I can say is watch it if you've ever had a love, a bond, thats so strong you really can't put it into words. The best thing is the soundtrack is great!!!! Perfect dinner party music and beautiful romantic mood music. Try it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. AGB
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh....my...
Well, this one is a charmer. Silly plot on the surface, but touches on some deep issues regarding love, and the nature of it. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003 by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Gem
Baldwin and Ryan are at their most appealing in this heartfelt romantic gem. It's a profound, surprising story about embracing life, and it's one of the best-written movies in the... Read more
Published on Dec 27 2002 by CJ Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical story about true love
Yes, this is a fantasy, but in a world where a movie about hobbits can be nominated for best picture, I am willing to suspend my disbelief a tad bit for this beautiful fable about... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2002 by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Prelude to a Kiss
Okay, okay, I'll give it to everyone that there's a plot twist within this movie that's "a little hard to swallow" but as far as romantic comedies go, you can't go wrong... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2001 by J T Fazekas
3.0 out of 5 stars Prelude to a Kiss
This movie grabbed my attention right away, and kept me wondering about the plot the entire time. It was intriguing and very original. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romantic comedy with a touch of magic
I thoroughly enjoyed Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin in this- it's cute and romantic, with a magical twist. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2001 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a great fantasy
I really like this movie because it is not the "typical Meg Ryan movie". It does not have her acting cutesy and adorable. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2000 by Janelle L. Lino
I was totally bored and just to think i wasted money at the dollar theather to go see this junk. The only reason I didnt walk out was because of the free air conditioning in the... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2000 by "camiliae"
5.0 out of 5 stars Still in awe
Although I have seen this film an amazing amount of times, I still sit in a daze when I see the love instantly between Peter and Rita. Read more
Published on March 1 2000 by Rosalind
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Share This Movie With Just Anyone!
I have shared this movie with quite a few people and no one gets it. As soon as I find a woman who understands the beauty of the love between Peter and Rita, I will marry her. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2000 by Jillian Knapp & Gerald Rhodes
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