French Kiss


if there is one movie that i have watched countless times, it is French Kiss. i first saw it back in 1995 when i was 12 years old, and i didn’t even know that Kevin Kline wasn’t really French (i would later discover him in A Fish Called Wanda and come to understand how awesome he is).  i don’t know what it is about the movie that appeals to me so much, but it has just stayed in my heart and i can still quote it backwards. i also appreciate Meg Ryan’s mannish wardrobe and perfect 90s pixie crop (remember when she used to have the most enviable hair in Hollywood?) if you’re one of the few people out there who also love this movie, then welcome to the French Kiss Appreciation Club.

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  1. Isabelle says

    I just discovered your blog. Love it! Oh, I’m just a fan of Meg Ryan’s movies in the 90’s. I can’t tell how many times I watched French Kiss and You’ve got a mail. It’s a shame what surgery and botox did to her face. Meg Ryan used to be so fresh and so cute! I thought she had the best haircut ever at that time. Thanks for this post!

  2. says

    Boy do I understand!
    I have to say thought, in the same-ish style, I’ve seen Sleepless in Seattle way more…
    I do love her style in French Kiss too! Those wide pants and striped shirt always did for me :) So cool.

  3. Shelly says

    My god, I saw that movie when I was about 14 yrs old, and I still remember how badly I wanted a brown leather backpack after watching it! :) And it’s still such a great style inspiration..

  4. says

    Oh my, I was/am so obsessed with this movie! Watched it at least once a week! Best best best. Favourite quote: “something like ziiiiss?”
    Also: “There is only one other place where I feel this exhilaration.”
    I still want to own a little villa in France on a vineyard after this movie… oh and the music! Have to watch it again.

  5. Emilia says

    oh.. YES!! i remember this movie.. it made a HUGE impression on me b/c of the wine aroma kit he shows her… the one w/ all the dried herbs & plants from the area surrounding the vineyard that helps you develop your nose & wine tasting. so amazing!! i’ve never forgotten this scene.. it completely changed my world when i saw it. and, i have always always wanted to make myself an aroma kit ever since! thanks for reminding me. LOL.

  6. Valentina says

    I simply love this movie, definitely one of my favourite! But I am a Meg Ryan huge fan (give me French Kiss, then give me Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry met Sally, You got mail, possibly one after the other, I don’t mind ;)
    I can’t help it, she is funny, graceful and her outfits are so adorable (I am not even gonna mention the hair… :) Thank you for the lovely pictures carousel !

  7. Bee says

    You know what I remember from this movie? Her hair was so spiky through the whole thing and THEN when she dressed up (a date, a trip to the casino, I can’t remember) all the Lisa Simpson spikes were curled – Romantic evening spikes.

  8. says

    I so get you. I have watched this movie so many times since I was a child and I still love it. It’s my go to, when I need some cheering up or in the mood for a feel good romantic movie. It’s a classic. This movie made me love Meg Ryan (also really love her in You’ve Got Mail). Love to see that I’m not alone loving and appreciating French Kiss.

  9. says

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE this movie. My mom and I used to watch it all the time and still quote random lines (“you people make my ass twitch!”) back and forth to each other. Such good stuff— and I totally agree on the Meg Ryan masculine fashion/pixie cut perfection.

  10. says

    Great Post! French Kiss is only second to You Got Mail on my Favorite Meg Ryan Movies list. (Followed closely by When Harry Met Sally of course). I first saw French Kiss in college. My friend bought the soundtrack and she and I would take turns quoting lines. My absolute favorite, which I use whenever I have a quesy experience with dairy products- I’m like Kate in that regard is: “Spasm! Spasm! Oh, God, here it comes… lactose intoleraaaaannnnce!”

    Other favorites for my friend and I:

    “I hate Paris in the springtime, I hate Paris in the fall…I hate Paris because my love is there… with his sllllut girlfriend.”

    “Happy, smile. Sad, frown. Use the corresponding face for the corresponding emotion!”

    “Fester, fester, fester. Rot, rot, rot”

    “It’s incredible how you do that. The words come out – ‘Welcome back’ – but the meaning is completely different. ”

    “Beautiful, Beautiful, Wish You Were Here!”

    “You did it again. Do you enjoy being that rude? Because when you do that, it just gets underneath my skin, and it makes me… completely… INSANE!”

    “My ass is twitching. You people make my ass twitch.”


  11. Meg says

    I recall seeing this film with my mother and older sister, and falling very madly in love with the brown leather backpack and receiving one that same year for Christmas. I still have it, somewhere. I like to think of Kevin Kline as Mrs. Phoebe Cates (who has a nifty shop in the city next time you’re over this way.)

  12. says

    Love this movie! Especially Meg Ryan’s excellent and funny performance. There is one line in the movie that just cracks me up every time, it’s when she says: ” Hello, beautiful!” Like duh! You’re in Paris! :)

  13. says

    Oh my gosh! Me too! Its my ultimate favorite guilty pleasure movie ever. Back when you bought CD movies, my parents gave it to me because I couldn’t stop watching it! I loved it, and I can also quote it. Love.

  14. nobozo says

    OK, so has anyone ever found the fantastic backpack she carried in the movie? I’ve looked for years and not seen anything
    like it. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

  15. Julie says

    I absolutely love this movie. I just got done watching it for the hundredth time. It is funny, romantic, charming, and so delightful. This is Meg ryan at her early best and Kevin Kline steals my heart. The dynamic between these two actors is amazing to watch. One of my top ten movies ever!! Great work to Meg & Kevin for bringing this story alive.