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  • Actors: Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, Ned Beatty, Patty Duke
  • Directors: Norman René
  • Writers: Craig Lucas
  • Producers: Catherine Meyers, Craig Lucas, Deborah Schindler, Jennifer Ogden, Michael Gruskoff
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VC6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prelude to a Kiss" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

When you marry someone, you promise to love that person forever - no matter what may occur. But no one would expect to test that promise only moments after exchanging marriage vows. Peter (Alec Baldwin) and Rita (Meg Ryan) follow their whirlwind six-week courtship with a storybook wedding. After the ceremony, a mysterious elderly man (Sydney Walker) appears and asks if he may kiss the bride. It is this kiss that sends the two young lovers on a magical journey they will never forget.

Customer Reviews

Peter Hoskins (Alec Baldwin) and Rita Boyle (Meg Ryan) meet at a party, and it is practically love at first sight.
Lawyeraau
This movie keeps us believing that there really is a soulmate for each and everyone of us and that we will find that person, probably when we are least expecting it.
Rosalind
As well-intentioned as the writer may have been, this is no allegory or soul-searching thesis on marital reality whatsoever.
Gene Cisco

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Peter Hoskins (Alec Baldwin) and Rita Boyle (Meg Ryan) meet at a party, and it is practically love at first sight. After a whirlwind courtship. they decide to get married. At their wedding, an old man (Sydney Walker) wanders in and kisses the bride. Suddenly, Rita's body is occupied by the spirit of the old man, while Rita's spirit is consigned to the body of the old man.
On their honeymoon Peter senses that something is not quite right about Rita. It is inexplicable to him that he could have been so mistaken about her. Gone is the Rita with whom he fell in love, his soul mate replaced by a virtual stranger housed in Rita's body. It is from this premise that an allegory on love flows beautifully throughout this film and serves as an insightful commentary on the nature of true love.
When Peter finally is able to figure out what has happened, he contrives to find away a way for Rita to come back to him as she was. You see, he does not love the "new" Rita. As lovely as she is, she is not the Rita with whom he fell in love. It is now the old man with whom he has an affinity. It is the old man whose company he now enjoys.
What happens and why certainly gives the viewer food for thought as to the nature of true love. Very well acted by Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan, and Sydney Walker, this is a utterly charming and touching romantic fantasy. The strong supporting cast of Patty Duke, Ned Beatty, Stanley Tucci, and Kathy Bates serve to round out this excellent and entertaining film.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is yet another entry in the genre that includes two versions of "Freaky Friday" and a host of other movie, where two people exchange bodies. Typically these movies are played for laughs. However, in this movie the opportunity is taken to explore the meaning of romance and love.

On their wedding day, just moments after their vows, an old man (Sydney Walker) approaches Rita Boyle (Meg Ryan) and Peter Hoskins (Alec Baldwin) and asks if he can kiss the bride. At that moment the sky darkens, and suddenly the two have exchanged bodies. The old man walks off abruptly (we learn why at the end of the movie), and all appears as before, except Rita seems a bit different.

Peter and Rita go on their honeymoon, but Rita is clearly not the same person that Peter knew before their wedding. Rita seems to have different interests, and she hangs around older people. She also seems disinterested in consummating their marriage. Eventually Peter figures out that somehow Rita and the old man have exchanged bodies, and Peter must track the old man down. I dare not reveal more for fear of giving away too much, but the ending is touching, warm and very well done.

This movie takes opportunities that most movies in this narrow genre have not. The movie explores the true meaning of love, and where love resides. The movie also explores how well we know someone, and whether we are ready to love someone in even the strangest circumstances. I rated this movie much higher because of the approach this movie took to love and the relationship between Peter and Rita, and how well this movie pulled it off. The only scene that made me uncomfortable was where Peter kissed the old man. Fortunately, the entire scene in its context shows how deeply Peter loved Rita.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jillian Knapp & Gerald Rhodes on January 30, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I have shared this movie with quite a few people and no one gets it. As soon as I find a woman who understands the beauty of the love between Peter and Rita, I will marry her. I've never heard anyone sing "Every Time We Say Goodbye" better than Annie Lennox. And Deborah Harry's voice on the rest of the soundtrack is so comforting. Not many people know this, but this is my favorite movie.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark on September 9, 2002
Format: DVD
Yes, this is a fantasy, but in a world where a movie about hobbits can be nominated for best picture, I am willing to suspend my disbelief a tad bit for this beautiful fable about the true connection of soul mates. Meg Ryan is young, thin, and yummy to the eyes, but young and yummy Alec Baldwin can tell when she's not herself. And he knows the difference between the wrapping and the gift.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 1, 2003
Format: DVD
Well, this one is a charmer. Silly plot on the surface, but touches on some deep issues regarding love, and the nature of it. Alec Baldwin is superb as the lovesick, then profoundly heartbroken newlywed. The moment when he realizes, truly, that Rita....isn't Rita, and says "I'm on to you"....will make you cry. I'm an Alec Baldwin fan, I admit, but he is so breathtakingly, stunningly, mindbogglingly beautiful to look at in this film he's almost hard to watch....it's almost painful. Cripes, does he have the most beautiful face on the planet, or what...and that astonishingly thick, cowlicky head of hair....and....and...um..I digress. See it ladies, it will make you ache in the most pleasant way...its a keeper.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenton Couch on July 28, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We all know that love should be more than physical attraction, and yet few movies go beyond surface appearance and sugar-coated banter. "Prelude to a Kiss" is a wonderful exception to this sad reality. It takes us beyond the usual preditable plot and gives us a rare insight into what is really important about love.
An enchanting and well-wrought script, supported by excellent performances, creates a movie that will speak to those who listen with their head and their heart.
Humor, magic, and mystery are interwoven as a husband searches for his wife who is missing but still there. I don't want to give the plot away. Watching the story unfold is part of the movie's charm. I will say that you will be surprised; and, I hope, moved by the message this fine piece of filmaking presents. One of my all time favorites. Don't miss it.
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