Paul Katz
March 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Prelude to a Kiss

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
105 minutes
performer
Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan, Kathy Bates, Ned Beatty, Patty Duke, Stanley Tucci
director
Norman Rene
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Craig Lucas
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Romance, Comedy

We gave it a B

Once you’ve accepted the gimmick in this bittersweet fantasy about an old man (Frasier‘s John Mahoney) and a young bride (Law & Order‘s Annie Parisse) swapping body and soul after a magical kiss, the darker musings on the nature of true love resonate deeply. Mahoney and Parisse deftly avoid mimicry while inhabiting each other’s characters, and Alan Tudyk charms as a bewildered groom seeking to break the spell. But even stranger than the premise of Prelude to a Kiss is how Mahoney and Tudyk possess more romantic chemistry than practically any couple on stage this season.

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