My Best Friend's Wedding

"Very Good"

My Best Friend's Wedding Review


An out-and-out blatant chick flick from the first frame on, My Best Friend's Wedding will be as enjoyable to its female patrons as it is frustrating to its male ones. Yes, Julia Roberts is back, and in fine form -- playing Julianne, the bad girl, against Cameron Diaz's squeaky-clean bride-to-be (Kim). The best friend in question is Michael (Dermot Mulroney), Roberts's long-time confidant. When Michael reveals his imminent marriage, Julianne develops a jealousy to be reckoned with, and makes it her life's work to break up the couple.

In addition to its problems with alienating male viewers, the real flaw in My Best Friend's Wedding is the lack of chemistry between the Mulroney and Roberts. While I'd probably be a little shy smooching on Julia, hey, that's no excuse for a seasoned pro. Then there's also the minor detail that the trailer tells the story better than the film -- leaving some gaping plot holes -- but who's quibbling? Roberts is the one to watch here, along with Rupert Everett as her gay editor and co-conspirator in this mess. It's really these two that make this picture fun -- and funny. And it's in Wedding's fall-down funny moments that the picture really shines.

Maybe the most annoying piece of the film is Diaz and her penchant for bawling in every scene. But then again, who's watching her? I always liked the redheads best, anyway.

In a crucial scene, Cameron Diaz attempts to strangle an unsuspecting Julia Roberts with a gold necklace.



My Best Friend's Wedding

Facts and Figures

Run time: 105 mins

In Theaters: Friday 20th June 1997

Box Office Worldwide: $126.8M

Budget: $46M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Production compaines: TriStar Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Fresh: 40 Rotten: 16

IMDB: 6.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Julianne Potter, as Michael O'Neal, as Kimberly Wallace, as George Downes, as Walter Wallace, as Joe O'Neal, as Samantha Newhouse, as Mandy Newhouse, as Isabelle Wallace, as Scotty O'Neal, Raci Alexander as Title Sequence Performer #1, Jennifer Garrett as Title Sequence Performer #2, Kelleia Sheerin as Title Sequence Performer #3, as Title Sequence Performer #4, Cassie Creasy as Flower Girl, Lucina Paquet as Kimmy's Grandma, Aida Baggio as Old Woman #2, Shirley Kelly as Oldest Lady, George Bozonelos as Party Guest, Loretta Paoletti as Party Guest

Also starring: ,

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