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My Best Friend's Wedding
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Starring: Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: TriStar Pictures
Kiddie Movie: Kind of adult content. Don't know if the kiddies will grasp the whole marriage concept.
Date Movie: She should like it, and the dudes should get a kick out of Rupert.
Gratuitous Sex: Nope.
Gratuitous Violence: It's a romantic comedy - I don't think so.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: Many, especially when "George" is on screen.
Memorable Scene: The entire sequence when Julianne introduces George as her fiancee.
Memorable Quote: A few of them: "You don't want those things to fall out." "Death by minibar." "He came in for just a few hours to fuck me."
Directed By: P.J. Hogan
Produced By: Jerry Zucker and Ronald Bass

My Best Friend's Wedding
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:45 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
There are some cool things about seeing a movie filmed in the city you live (or at least near where you live). Things like knowing the streets the people are driving on, knowing the buildings, being able to say "Hey, I just picked my friends up at the airport from the same terminal!" But I read a review over the weekend of "My Best Friend's Wedding" that chastised the movie for its location problems. What's up with that? Say I'm from New York - Do I really give a shit if Julia Roberts is driving down a different street than she says she is? No. All I really care about is if the movie is any good. Well, I'm from Chicago, and didn't really care about the location errors, because "My Best Friend's Wedding" is one of the best movies I've seen all year.

The story for the movie goes something like this: Julia Roberts plays Julianne Potter, a food critic who is closing in on her 28th birthday. Years before, in a relationship with Michael O'Neal (played by Dermot Mulroney), the two of them promised that if they weren't married by 28 than they would marry each other. Well, a few weeks before her 28th birthday, Julianne gets a call from Michael. Nope, he's not proposing to her - he found another mega-babe, Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). Julianne is pissed - she really wants Michael, and she's one devious chick. The movie carries on with Julianne trying break up Michael and Kimmy, and in the end, well, let's not spoil the end, but I'll just say that Julianne ends up dancing at the wedding.

Now, that's a pretty simple run-down of a somewhat complex movie. See, this movie is as simple as it is about Julianne trying to win back the love of her life as it is about Kimmy trying to sidestep her "I'm a rich girl whose daddy has tons of money and I should get anything I want but I'm a ditzy blonde" movie. And you know, both Julia and Cameron play these roles to the hilt.

This is a romantic comedy, and Julia and Cameron throw as much romance as I've ever seen (Kimmy's blubbering tears could win over any guy, let alone her fiancé who is thinking of ending the engagement, while you almost have to feel sorry for Julianne because all of her best plans of breaking the two up just seem to bring Kimmy and Michael closer together). But then there is the comedy part, and as adorable as Julia Roberts is, and as cute as Cameron Diaz can ever be, the comedy falls in the lap of Julianne's editor, George, played by Rupert Everett.

Whereas Michael is Julianne's best friend, George is both her friend, but more importantly, her voice of reason - and he is gay. In a fit of desperation Julianne calls on George for help, to which his simple advice is she should tell Michael she loves him. No can do, and with George in the background, Julianne tells Michael that George is her fiancé. Well, kinda like a payback for lying, George leads this movie through some of the funniest scenes for the movie goers. Why? Because we know the truth. He makes up how him and Julianne meet, how their relationship is like "Doris Day and Rock Hudson," and compliments the ladies on their wardrobes. As romantic as Julia and Cameron are, Rupert steals the comedy part hands down.

Yes, the movie does have some sappy moments, but I think "My Best Friend's Wedding" has a simple moral - tell those you love that you love them - before it's too late. I personally give the happy couple two years before the bitter divorce when the bride starts bitching how she gave up her career for him, but that's just me. As for the movie, and there have been a lot of good ones this year, I think "My Best Friend's Wedding" is one of the best romantic comedies to come around in a while. Julia Roberts is her adorable self, Cameron Diaz plays the perky girl to the top, Dermot Mulroney fills in greatly as the dude torn between two ladies (oh, his job must suck!), and Rupert is utterly hilarious.

For "My Best Friend's Wedding" it's four and a half stars out of five.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!

 

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