Picks and Pans Review: Fools Rush in

updated 02/24/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/24/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

Matthew Perry, Salma Hayek

Add Perry to the lengthening list of Friends stars who should hang on to their day jobs. Fools Rush In, his first major movie, isn't going to catapult him into Tom Cruise's league—or even Matthew Broderick's. Perry and costar Hayek are both congenial enough and easy on the eye (she especially). But this insipid romantic comedy has them flailing through a predictable plot that goes on far too long and substitutes high-energy antics (he sits on a cactus, she cha-chas while cooking) for wit. And let's not even get started on Jill Clayburgh's unfortunate, AbFab-wannabe turn as Perry's mother.

Perry, relying on such familiar Chandlerisms as narrowed eyes and agitated posture, plays a repressed, Waspy real-estate development executive who has a one-night stand with Hayek, an outgoing Mexican-American photographer. Three months later she shows up to tell him she's pregnant. They wed, and only after saying "I do" do they begin to get to know one another. Are these two really meant for each other? If you haven't already guessed the answer, you just might be able to suffer Fools gladly. (PG-13)

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