|Why Do Fools Fall in Love|
|Directed by||Gregory Nava|
|Screenplay by||Tina Andrews|
|Produced by||Paul Hall|
|Edited by||Nancy Richardson|
|Music by||Stephen James Taylor|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Why Do Fools Fall in Love is a 1998 American romantic drama film directed by Gregory Nava. Released by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is a biographical film of R&B/Rock and roll singer Frankie Lymon, lead singer of the pioneering rock and roll group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers for one year. Moreover, the film highlights the three women in his life, each of whom claim to have married Lymon and lay claim to his estate.
Written by Tina Andrews, Why Do Fools Fall in Love stars Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon, and Larenz Tate, who portrays Lymon. Little Richard also appears in the film as himself.
One of the single from the soundtrack "I Want You Back" by Melanie Brown featuring Missy Elliott peaked at number-one in the UK Singles Chart.
Lymon was 13 years old when the teenage group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers erupted from radios and jukeboxes with their 1956 hit "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" and appeared in the movie Rock, Rock, Rock (1956).
After Mr. Rock and Roll (1957), Lymon started a solo singing career, but it all fell apart. Lymon's career was over by the time he was 18 years old, and he died of a heroin overdose seven years later.
Jumping from the 1950s to the 1960s, the film traces the rise and fall of Lymon (Larenz Tate) in a series of flashbacks as courtroom claims on Lymon's royalties are outlined by three women: Zola Taylor (Halle Berry) of the R&B group The Platters; Elizabeth Waters (Vivica A. Fox), a petty thief from Philadelphia; and schoolteacher Emira Eagle (Lela Rochon). Ending credits show the real Frankie Lymon singing his song "Goody Goody."
Little Richard also makes a courtroom appearance, while Miguel A. Nunez Jr. portrays Little Richard in scenes set in the 1950s.
The film ends with Emira winning Frankie's estate, although Elizabeth was named the legal surviving spouse of Frankie Lymon.
The screenplay of the film, written by actress-turned-screenwriter Tina Andrews, took fifteen years to be produced. Director Gregory Nava used most of the technical staff from his prior film Selena.
Filming locations include: Jacksonville, Florida; Los Angeles, California; and Starke, Florida.
The film was first presented at the Urbanworld Film Festival, New York on August 8, 1998.
The film opened in wide release on August 28, 1998 (1,369 theaters) and sales the opening weekend were $3,946,382. Why Do Fools Fall in Love ran for 8 weeks domestically (56 days) and eventually grossed $12,506,676 in the United States. At its widest release the film was shown in 1,377 screens.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 53% based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 5.91/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "This is a fun comedy with delightful musical numbers."Roger Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times , was disappointed in the screenplay and ultimately Nava's direction of the film, and wrote, "There are several angles this material might have been approached from, and director Gregory Nava tries several without hitting on one that works. By the end of the film, we're not even left with anyone to root for; we realize with a little astonishment, waiting for the court verdict, that we don't care who wins."
Yet, film critic Peter Stack liked the film and believes director Nava smartly juggles a lot of elements in the picture. He wrote, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love is a fresh, enlightening example of how to take a tragic American show-business story and make it funny, warm and terrifically entertaining...[it] brims with joyful spirit and raucous comedy...[and the film] deftly juggles a surprising number of elements, but they all work."
|Why Do Fools Fall in Love|
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|Released||September 8, 1998|
|Genre||Hip hop, R&B|
|Label||Elektra/EastWest Records/The Gold Mind, Inc.|
|Producer||Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Big Baby, Suga Mike, Gerard Thomas, Donald "Lenny" Holmes, Anthony Dent, Brian Alexander Morgan, Kay Gee, Darren Lighty, Keri "K.L." Lewis|
|Singles from Why Do Fools Fall in Love|
Two soundtrack albums were released for Why Do Fools Fall in Love by Warner Music Group. Why Do Fools Fall in Love: Original Versions from the Movie, released on September 8, 1998 by Rhino Records, contained fourteen songs, including five of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' original recordings. Also included are original hits by Little Richard, The Platters, The Shirelles, Otis Redding and others.
Why Do Fools Fall in Love: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture was released on the same day as Original Versions from the Movie, but on Warner's East West Records label in conjunction with Elektra Records and The Goldmind Inc.. Save for one vintage Little Richard song, it features new hip-hop and contemporary R&B recordings practically unrelated to the actual film (one track, Gina Thompson's "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", interpolates the Teenagers' hit and is featured over the film's end credits). Executive produced by Missy Elliott and primarily produced by her and Timbaland, this soundtrack album features songs by artists such as Elliott, Busta Rhymes, En Vogue, Destiny's Child, Coko of SWV and, making her solo debut, Spice Girls member Melanie B.
It peaked at 55 on the Billboard 200 and 15 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and spawned the singles "I Want You Back" by Melanie Brown featuring Missy Elliott (which peaked at number-one on the UK Singles Chart), En Vogue's "No Fool No More" (which peaked at 57 on the Billboard Hot 100), and Destiny's Child's "Get on the Bus". Singer Lil' Mo also made her debut with the single and music video for "Five Minutes."
Former Bad Boy recording artist Mase was slated to record with Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes for the soundtrack, but his contribution never made the final cut.
|1.||"Why Do Fools Fall in Love"||Gina Thompson featuring Mocha||4:09|
|2.||"Get on the Bus"||Destiny's Child featuring Timbaland||4:46|
|3.||"He Be Back"||Coko featuring Missy Elliott||4:53|
|4.||"No Fool, No More"||En Vogue||4:17|
|5.||"Get Contact"||Missy Elliott & Busta Rhymes||3:31|
|6.||"Five Minutes"||Lil' Mo featuring Missy Elliott||5:25|
|7.||"I Want You Back"||Melanie B featuring Missy Elliott||3:53|
|9.||"Love Is for Fools"||Mint Condition||3:51|
|10.||"Without You"||Nicole Wray||4:22|
|12.||"What the Dealio"||Total featuring Missy Elliott||4:01|
|13.||"Crazy Love"||Envyi featuring Baby Sham of the Flipmode Squad||4:00|
|14.||"Keep a Knockin'"||Little Richard||5:33|
|1.||"Why Do Fools Fall in Love"||The Teenagers||2:19|
|2.||"Tutti Fruitti"||Little Richard||2:24|
|3.||"The Great Pretender"||The Platters||2:41|
|4.||"Baby, Baby"||Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers||2:08|
|5.||"Long Lonely Nights"||Clyde McPhatter||2:27|
|6.||"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"||The Platters||2:40|
|7.||"Little Bitty Pretty One"||Frankie Lymon||2:43|
|8.||"California Dreamin'"||The Mamas and the Papas||2:39|
|9.||"All Day and All of the Night"||The Kinks||2:24|
|10.||"The ABC's of Love"||Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers||1:58|
|11.||"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"||The Shirelles||2:43|
|12.||"Try a Little Tenderness"||Otis Redding||3:49|
|13.||"California Dreaming"||Bobby Womack||3:23|
|14.||"Goody Goody"||Frankie Lymon||2:11|
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