Georges (Depardieu), a Frenchman hoping to get a visa into the United States, and Brontë (MacDowell), a brash American woman hoping to get an apartment in a posh Manhattan neighborhood populated mainly by married couples, band together for mutual convenience. The two dislike each other immediately, but with the Immigration authorities closing in, they must pull together to make their marriage act seem believable. As is typical of Romantic Comedies, the two overcome their differences and begin to fall in love, leading to an atypical ending for the format...
This film provides examples of the following tropes:
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other
- Becoming the Mask: Their faked romance gradually becomes real
- Bittersweet Ending: Atypical for the format and is semi famous for it.
- Citizenship Marriage: The whole plot, and Georges' motivation for the scheme—marrying Bronte will allow him to get a green card (U.S. residence permit) and avoid deportation.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dueling Shows: Preceded Meg Ryan's French Kiss by five years but due to the similar plot the two films often get confused for one another.
- Funny Foreigner
- Hollywood Law: Immigration is not going to come to your house to scope you out. In fact, the movie in general overestimates the difficulty of obtaining a green card in this situation.
- Marriage Before Romance: Bronte and Georges join in a sham marriage to get a green card to the US and a good apartment. They can't stand each other, and are hunted by the INS, before they realise they love each other.
- Odd Couple: The film's premise but the leads are actually charming enough to make this work.
- Romantic FakeReal Turn: Georges and Brontë
- Single-Issue Landlord: Why Andie MacDowell character wants in on the scheme.
- Tomboyish Name: Bronte anyone?