My Best Friend's Wedding
|My Best Friend's Wedding|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||P.J. Hogan|
|Produced by||Jerry Zucker
|Written by||Ronald Bass|
M. Emmet Walsh
|Music by||James Newton Howard|
|Edited by||Garth Craven
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
My Best Friend's Wedding is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by P.J. Hogan, starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco, M. Emmet Walsh, Rachel Griffiths, Carrie Preston and Susan Sullivan.
The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and is considered to be one of the two most famous of Julia Roberts' films (the other being 1990's Pretty Woman). Commercially, it was a global box-office hit and one of the highest grossing films of 1997.
The soundtrack song "I Say a Little Prayer (For You)" was covered by singer Diana King and featured heavily in the film, making it a Billboard Top 100 hit. The soundtrack featured a number of Burt Bacharach/Hal David songs.
Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts), a 27-year-old New York restaurant critic, receives a call from her longtime friend Michael O'Neal (Dermot Mulroney). In college, the two made an agreement that if neither of them were married by the time they turned 28, they would marry each other. Three weeks before her 28th birthday, Michael tells her that in four days, he will marry Kimmy Wallace (Cameron Diaz), a 20-year-old University of Chicago student from a wealthy family.
Julianne is upset that Michael will marry someone so wrong for him, and someone he has known for such a short period of time. She realizes that she is in love with Michael, and heads to Chicago, intent on sabotaging his wedding. Soon after arriving she meets Kimmy, who asks her to be the maid of honor. This sets off a comical scenario in which Julianne must pretend to be the dutiful maid of honor while secretly scheming ways to prevent the wedding from happening. She engages in petty sabotage—for example, taking Kimmy and Michael to a karaoke bar after discovering that Kimmy is a terrible singer—and later asks her gay friend George Downes (Rupert Everett) to pretend they are engaged, hoping to make Michael jealous.
When these tactics fail, George persuades Julianne to do the obvious: tell Michael she is in love with him. One morning, Michael gets Julianne alone and tells her that it'll be the last time they ever get to be alone. He expresses some skepticism in marrying Kimmy, explaining that he and Kimmy don't share a special song like he and Julianne do. Michael discreetly gives Julianne the invitation to tell him she's in love with him, but she lets the moment "pass her by." Michael starts singing their song as he grabs Julianne and holds her while they dance one last time. Julianne’s unauthorized use of Kimmy’s father’s computer to forge an email message to Michael’s employer causes further problems for Michael and Kimmy, to the point where they are on the verge of calling off the wedding.
The next morning, the day of the wedding, Julianne tries to sabotage the situation further; as Michael and Kimmy are not speaking to each other, they communicate through Julianne, not realizing she is trying to manipulate them into breaking up for good. In spite of this, Michael and Kimmy decide they do love each other and want to get married after all. Julianne and Michael then take a walk, with Julianne finally confessing her love to Michael. She asks him to marry her instead, and passionately kisses him. Kimmy witnesses this, and runs off, but Michael chases her.
Julianne pursues him, but finally realizes Michael loves Kimmy. Julianne finds Michael at Chicago Union Station, where he is looking for Kimmy, and confesses all to him. Despite his anger at her deception, Michael forgives Julianne, and they split up to look for Kimmy. Julianne then tracks down Kimmy in the bathroom of Comiskey Park (Kimmy's family has a private viewing box at the stadium). Kimmy is furious with Julianne. Julianne, however, apologizes and explains to Kimmy that she kissed Michael unexpectedly, but he didn't kiss her back because he was in love with Kimmy. Julianne declares that Kimmy has won, and that she accepts Michael's decision. Kimmy and Julianne reconcile with each other.
After the wedding, at the reception, Julianne tells Michael that he and Kimmy can use their special song until they find one of their own, essentially acting like a true best friend. Julianne wishes them well, and she and Michael share their goodbyes, both of them finally moving on with their lives. Later, Julianne is surprised by George showing up at the wedding reception. The movie ends with the two of them sharing a dance together on the dancefloor.
- Julia Roberts as Julianne Potter
- Dermot Mulroney as Michael O'Neal
- Cameron Diaz as Kimmy Wallace
- Rupert Everett as George Downes
- Philip Bosco as Walter Wallace
- M. Emmet Walsh as Joe O'Neal
- Rachel Griffiths as Samantha Newhouse
- Carrie Preston as Mandy Newhouse
- Susan Sullivan as Isabelle Wallace
The film opened at No. 2 at the North American box office, making $21,678,377 USD in its opening weekend, behind Batman & Robin. It stayed in the top 10 weekly U.S. box-office for six consecutive weeks, and eventually earned $127,120,029. The worldwide gross total stands at $299,288,605 (listed as one of the 10 biggest films of 1997 both domestically and worldwide).
The film and Roberts's performance have received mostly positive reviews from critics. As of June 2012, My Best Friend's Wedding holds a 71% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus "Thanks to a charming performance from Julia Roberts and a subversive spin on the genre, My Best Friend's Wedding is a refreshingly entertaining romantic comedy."
Total Film praised the film, giving it four stars out of five and stating "Here she banishes all memories of Mary Reilly and I Love Trouble with a lively, nay sparkling, performance. Smiling that killer smile, shedding those winning tears, delivering great lines with effortless charm, Roberts is back where she rightly belongs - not in grey period costume, but as the sexy queen of laughs". The Review also said that "My Best Friend's Wedding is a perfect date movie", and a film that "proves Roberts isn't as crap as we all thought she was".
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called it "the summer-date-film supreme for pretty women and the gay men they love", despite criticisms of the script. He praises Roberts as "riper, more dexterous with a comic line, slyer with modulation", concluding that "Roberts puts her heart into this one".
Awards and recognition
- MTV Movie Awards (Nominations)
- Best Breakthrough Performance: Rupert Everett
- Best Comedic Performance: Rupert Everett
- Best Female Performance: Julia Roberts
- Golden Globe Award (Nominations)
- Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
- Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture - Rupert Everett
- Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy: Julia Roberts
- BAFTA Awards (Nominations)
- Best Supporting Actor: Rupert Everett
- Academy Awards (Nominations)
- Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score: James Newton Howard
- Satellite Awards (Win)
- Best Supporting Actor - Musical or Comedy: Rupert Everett
- Satellite Awards (Nominations)
- American Comedy Award (Win)
- Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Rupert Everett
American Film Institute recognition:
The soundtrack was released on June 17, 1997 with Stage and Screen genre. The soundtrack relied on covers of familiar songs. The soundtrack was praised by AllMusic to work "better than it should, since most of the vocalists... concentrate on the songs..."
- "I Say a Little Prayer (For You)" – Diana King
- "Wishin' and Hopin'" – Ani DiFranco
- "You Don't Know Me" – Jann Arden
- "Tell Him" – The Exciters
- "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" – Nicky Holland
- "I'll Be Okay" – Amanda Marshall
- "The Way You Look Tonight" – Tony Bennett
- "What the World Needs Now Is Love" – Jackie Deshannon
- "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" – Mary Chapin Carpenter
- "Always You" – Sophie Zelmani
- "If You Wanna Be Happy" – Jimmy Soul
- "I Say a Little Prayer (For You)" – The Cast of My Best Friend's Wedding
- "Suite From My Best Friend's Wedding" – James Newton Howard
- Chart positions
|1997||Australian ARIA Albums Chart||1|
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