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This is a classic girl meets boy story. In addition, there are three interwoven Bible stories that help make up the story. These are: The Prodigal Son, Jacob and Esau, and The Pearl of Great Price.
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FRENCH KISS
(1995)
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By David Bruce
Web Master HollywoodJesus.com
David Bruce
Kate: Meg Ryan, Luc: Kevin Kline, Charlie: Timothy Hutton, Jean-Paul: Jean Reno. Written by Adam Brooks.
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan.
Running time: 103 minutes.
Rated PG-13 (for some sexuality, language and drug references).
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THE GIRL MEETS BOY PART. The girl is Kate (Meg Ryan). She is engaged to Charlie (Timothy Hutton). But he has questions about their marriage and flies to Paris for a medical convention. A few days later, Charlie telephones Kate and breaks their engagement because he has found the woman of his dreams. Kate flies off to France to get Charlie back. On the plane, however, she meets Luc (Kevin Kline). He's a French jewel thief. He hides a diamond bracelet in her luggage. This is to get it past customs. He then follows her all around France to get it back pretending to help her win back Charlie. They, of course, fall in love.

THE BIBLE STORY PART. There are three interwoven Bible stories that help make up the story. These are: The Prodigal Son, Jacob and Esau, and The Pearl of Great Price. The above picture of the fighting brothers and the loss of the birthright remind us of the Jacob and Esau story. The hiding of the jewels reflects the parable of The Pearl of Great Price. Finally, the scenes below are very similar to the story of the Prodigal Son.

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THE PRODICAL SON STORY
Luke 15:11-32  New Living Translation

To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: "A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, 'I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.' So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

"A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

"When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, 'At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! 18I will go home to my father and say, "Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man." '

"So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.'

"But his father said to the servants, 'Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.' So the party began.

"Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 'Your brother is back,' he was told, 'and your father has killed the calf we were fattening and has prepared a great feast. We are celebrating because of his safe return.'

"The older brother was angry and wouldn't go in. His father came out and begged him, but he replied, 'All these years I've worked hard for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the finest calf we have.'

"His father said to him, 'Look, dear son, you and I are very close, and everything I have is yours. 32We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!' "

THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE
Matthew 13:45-46 (NLT)

"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!
NOTE: In the film it is the jewels that symbolize the pearl at first, but in the end Kate becomes the priceless jewel.

THE JACOB AND ESAU STORY
Genesis 25:29-34 (NLT)

One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home exhausted and hungry from a hunt. Esau said to Jacob, "I'm starved! Give me some of that red stew you've made." (This was how Esau got his other name, Edom—"Red.")

Jacob replied, "All right, but trade me your birthright for it."

"Look, I'm dying of starvation!" said Esau. "What good is my birthright to me now?"

So Jacob insisted, "Well then, swear to me right now that it is mine." So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his younger brother. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate and drank and went on about his business, indifferent to the fact that he had given up his birthright.

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