Prelude to a Kiss (Widescreen)
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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.Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on Oct. 1 2003 by KindleJunkie
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 morePublished on Dec 27 2002 by CJ Sanders
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 morePublished on Sept. 9 2002 by Mark
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 morePublished on Feb. 27 2001 by J T Fazekas
This movie grabbed my attention right away, and kept me wondering about the plot the entire time. It was intriguing and very original. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2001
I thoroughly enjoyed Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin in this- it's cute and romantic, with a magical twist. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2001 by Amazon Customer
I really like this movie because it is not the "typical Meg Ryan movie". It does not have her acting cutesy and adorable. Read morePublished 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 morePublished on Oct. 21 2000
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 morePublished on March 1 2000 by Rosalind