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Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (1998)
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Review Date: July 30, 1999
Director: Gregory Nava
Writer: Tina Andrews
Producers: Paul Hall, Stephen Nemeth
Actors:
Laurenz Tate
Halle Berry
Vivica A. Fox
Lela Rochon
Plot:
One-time 50's teen phenom crooner Frankie Lymon has his life immortalized via the recollections of three women who all claim to be his wives and the rightful heirs to his estate.
Critique:
Interesting, highly stylized movie featuring a groovy soundtrack packed with many of the funnest hits from the 50's, with some decent performances from its four stars (despite some obvious prosthetics for their "older" looks) and an overall authentic feel of the era. Afterwards, I will say that I was somewhat disappointed to find out that some of the events taking place near the end of the film were slightly dramatized for effect ("made up" for us lay people, see Little Known Facts below), but still enjoyed its quick pace, sometimes heavy-handed but generally creative directing style, and great rockin' tunes. This film should definitely be seen by all those who are interested in the music of that era, and/or anyone excited about any of the film's main stars. Laurenz Tate specifically gives an exceptionally well-rounded performance as the ill-fated Frankie Lymon.
(c) 2015 Berge Garabedian
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