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One of the best romantic comedies of the 1990s, My Best Friend's Wedding not only gave Julia Roberts a delightful vehicle for her crowd-pleasing comeback, but it further distinguished itself by avoiding the conventional plotting of the genre. Julia plays a prominent Chicago restaurant critic whose best friend (Dermot Mulroney) is a former lover from her college days with whom she'd made a binding pact: if neither of them were married by the age of 28, they'd marry each other. Just when they're about to reach the deadline of their agreement, Mulroney arrives in Chicago to introduce Roberts to his seemingly perfect fiancée (Cameron Diaz) and announce their wedding in just three days. That leaves the shocked Julia with just three short days to sabotage the wedding and marry the man she now realizes she's loved all along. With potential heartbreak waiting in the wings, she'll either get what she wants or pay the price for her selfish behavior, and Ronald Bass's cleverly constructed screenplay keeps us guessing to the very end. Rupert Everett scored rave reviews for his scene-stealing performance as Robert's gay friend who goes along with her scheming (but only so far), and even as she makes her character's needy desperation disarmingly appealing, Roberts wisely allows Diaz to capitalize on her charming time in the spotlight. As the romantic outcome remains uncertain, the viewer is held in a state of giddy suspense, and director P.J. Hogan pulls off some hilarious scenes (like a restaurant full of people singing the Dionne Warwick hit "I Say a Little Prayer") that could easily have fallen flat in the hands of a less talented filmmaker. It's no surprise that this was one of the box-office smashes of 1997. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Julia RobertsJulianne Potter
Dermot MulroneyMichael O'Neal
Cameron DiazKimberly Wallace
Rupert EverettGeorge Downes
Philip BoscoWalter Wallace
M. Emmet WalshJoe O'Neal
Rachel GriffithsSamantha Newhouse
Carrie PrestonMandy Newhouse
Susan SullivanIsabelle Wallace
Christopher MastersonScotty O'Neal
Paul GiamattiRichard the Bellman
Harry ShearerJonathan P.F. Ritt

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  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: P.J. Hogan
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 105 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 20, 1997
    EuropeSep 19, 1997
    JapanOct 4, 1997
    AustraliaSep 25, 1997
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 26, 2000
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