Prelude to a Kiss (1992)

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A couple fall in love despite the girl's pessimistic outlook. As they struggle to come to terms with their relationship, something supernatural happens that tests it.

"Prelude to a Kiss" is a 1992 romantic dream comedy-drama, directed by Norman René. Based upon the Broadway play of the exact same name by Craig Lucas, the film stars the likes of Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan, and Sydney Walker. The plot focuses on a passionate romance intertwining the lives of ordinary individuals with an extraordinary twist of fate.

Plot Summary
The film starts with Peter Hoskins (Alec Baldwin), a down-to-earth, diligent guy falling for Rita Boyle (Meg Ryan), an eccentric, spontaneous, and free-spirited female. The contrast between their characters is immediately evident, yet they quickly become attracted to each other and fall deeply in love.

After a whirlwind love, they choose to wed. At their wedding, an old man whom they don't know (Sydney Walker) asks to kiss the bride. Rita agrees and when they kiss, their souls mysteriously switch bodies. The old man is actually a terminal patient, tired of his life and the suffering it brings. Discovering himself in a young and healthy body, he experiences a brand-new lease of life, while a baffled Rita discovers herself caught in an old, infected body.

Significant Twist and Resolution
Peter soon understands that his better half's character has dramatically changed. While initially associating it to post-wedding jitters, he eventually ends up being mindful of the uncanny soul swap that has occurred. He seeks out the old male to reverse the unexpected occurrence. Meanwhile, Rita, stuck in the old man's body, understands that she desires her lost youth and her other half.

Upon discovering the old guy who has the spirit of his wife, a distressed Peter pleads with him to reverse the kiss, to bring his better half's soul back to her body. The old guy, having experienced youth yet again, understands Peter's distress and concurs. They discover Rita (in the male's body) simply as she is being rushed to the healthcare facility. The old guy kisses her when again, and Rita and the old male return to their respective bodies. The film concludes with Rita and Peter brushing off the unusual event as a strange dream and resuming their exciting journey together.

"Prelude to a Kiss" explores profound styles of self-discovery, like going beyond physicality, consciousness, mortality, and the ruthless march of time. It produces a remarkable juxtaposition between youth and decay, delving into the yearning for youthfulness and the approval of the unavoidable ageing procedure.

Efficiency and Reception
The performances of Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan, and Sydney Walker are commendable, as they wonderfully encapsulate their characters' journey through love, confusion, desperation, and awareness. The movie also got combined reviews, with constant praise for its thought-provoking styles and impressive performances, however was criticized for its underwhelming treatment of an interesting idea.

Despite its non-traditional property, "Prelude to a Kiss" skilfully marries dream with reality, checking out the power of love defying the boundaries of physical presence, making it a distinct addition to the romantic comedy genre.

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