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It’s hard to imagine anyone in Hollywood nicer than Meg Ryan. Now, with French Kiss, she completes a trio of romantic comedies, as Anwar Brett discovers.

Evert though she has played an alcoholic in When A Man Loves A Woman and a would—be stripper with a dark past in l’les/l And Bone. it’s the romantic comedy genre that Meg Ryan has made her own. In When Harry Mel Sally and Sleepless In Seattle. she was the very epitome of niceness. and it‘s this persona that she plays on in l’rent‘ll Kiss. starring as a control freak obsessed with tracking down her former fiance from Paris to Cannes.

‘Cannes was a funny place to make a film in.‘ she remembers. ‘First of all. how could women wear make-up in all that heat‘.’ And seeing those incredibly

Meg Ryan in French Kiss: ‘the very epitome of niceness’

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on a business trip to Paris, she moments maketh not a comedy. The 3 French Kiss: ‘medlocre script’ declines to join him. Fair enough: script is mediocre, the plot formulaic { gets the feeling that Kasdan is striving | Iikeable nonsense. (Gill Harris) she s scared of flying, hates the and the whole thing flags so badly in for the will-they-won’t-they heights of French Kiss (12) (lawrence Kasdan, French and can’t leave Canada until the middle that even the popularity of 1 When Harry Met Sally, with Kline and (IS, 1995) Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Jean her residency is granted. But more its stars can’t redeem it. The overall i Ryan hating each other at first sight. Reno. 111 mins. From Fri 3. General fool her, tor after just two days, he’s effect is pleasant enough, but one | Sadly, he manages nothing more than release,

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