Fools Rush In
When you think of cultures collide what does that mean exactly? According to the dictionary cultures means “a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.” and collide means “to crash together or to crash into something.” So in essence, cultures colliding for the sake of this movie are about a White-American family intermixing with a Mexican-American family.
In this romantic comedy, cultures collide after a casual night of passion between an architect, Alex Whitman a New Yorker, and a photographer, Isabel Fuentes, a Mexican-American living in Las Vegas are brought together for one night. Three months have gone by and Isabel shows up at Alex’s house with the news she’s pregnant and it’s his baby. Isabel being concerned that her family will be upset because she is pregnant, asks Alex to meet her family for their weekly family dinner, in hopes that she can break the news to them and they will know who the dad is. Alex is surprised by this big family dinner, which show cases the Mexican side of Isabel’s culture and the warmth this big family has for each other. Coming from a more prominent white family, he tells Isabel that they only see each other for special occasions and holidays. Feeling moved by meeting Isabel’s family and on a whim, he proposes and they get married in a Vegas chapel with an Elvis impersonator who walks Isabel down the aisle. Isabel starts to wonder why Alex hasn’t told his parents about their marriage and he tells her that his parents are in Europe. When Alex’s parents come into town to visit him, they think that Isabel is the maid and Alex doesn’t correct them. After finally admitting that Isabel is his wife and not the maid to his parents, both sets of parents get together and Alex and Isabel feel that they have made a mistake. Things escalate with their parents when religion is brought up, along with their growing careers, and they both start to wonder if doing the right thing was just that, especially since Alex lives in New York and Isabel is from Nevada. As the movie progresses and Isabel is fearful that Alex has made a mistake in marrying her, she ends up in the hospital leading Alex to believe that she has lost their baby. Alex finishes his job in Las Vegas and moves back to New York while Isabel goes to Mexico to be with her grandmother to hide her growing belly. Filing for divorce, Isabel leaves her grandmothers and drives back to Las Vegas to have her baby. Alex having gotten the divorce papers starts to see signs everywhere that Isabel is the one and he needs to get back to her before the divorce is final at midnight. Waiting on the Hoover Dam Bridge, Alex waits for Isabel to drive by as she always does on her way back into town. Isabel shows up on the bridge and goes into labor and delivers a baby girl. On the night of their daughter’s birth, they become divorced, but soon remarry with both of their families together.
When cultures collide, it can be a beautiful pairing, showing you the richness that can come from peoples love for one another and the support from their family. Not everyone can be so lucky to have this kind of support and it’s sad because the world is changing and you need to embrace the change and not the ugly.
Fools Rush In Movie Trailer
Quotes from Fools Rush in –
Richard Whitman: In case you haven’t noticed, the white people are melting out here!
Alex Whitman: They’re great. I had no idea that families talked at dinner.