My Best Friend's Wedding

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My Best Friend's Wedding
My Best Friends Wedding.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byP. J. Hogan
Screenplay byRonald Bass
Produced byJerry Zucker
Ronald Bass
Gil Netter
Patricia Whitcher
Starring
CinematographyLászló Kovács
Edited byGarth Craven
Lisa Fruchtman
Music byJames Newton Howard
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • June 20, 1997 (1997-06-20)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$38 million
Box office$299.3 million

My Best Friend's Wedding is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by P. J. Hogan from a screenplay by Ronald Bass. The film stars Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, and Rupert Everett.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics and was a global box-office hit.[1] The soundtrack song "I Say a Little Prayer" was covered by singer Diana King and featured heavily in the film, making it a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 hit. The soundtrack featured a number of Burt Bacharach/Hal David songs.

Plot[edit]

Three weeks before her 28th birthday, New York City food critic Julianne "Jules" Potter receives a call from her lifelong friend Michael O'Neal, a Chicago sportswriter. Years earlier, the two agreed that if they were both unmarried by age 28, they would marry each other. Michael tells her that in four days, he will marry beautiful Kimmy Wallace, a college student eight years his junior whose father owns the Chicago White Sox. Realizing that Michael is the love of her life, Jules resolves to sabotage his wedding. Arriving in Chicago, she reunites with Michael and meets Kimmy, who asks her to be the maid of honor. Jules schemes to break up the couple, but her attempt to humiliate Kimmy at a karaoke bar backfires. She manipulates Kimmy into asking her father to offer Michael a job, which Jules knows will anger Michael, but this fails as well.

Frustrated, Jules begs her friend George Downes for help, and he flies to Chicago. On George's advice, Jules prepares to tell Michael how much she loves him, but instead tells him that she is engaged to George, hoping to make Michael jealous. George, who is gay, plays along but embarrasses Jules at lunch with the wedding party, singing "I Say a Little Prayer" as the whole restaurant joins in. George flies home, and Jules tells Michael that her "relationship" with George is over. Michael admits to feeling jealous and gives her the chance to confess her own feelings, but she lets the moment pass. They share a dance as Michael sings their song, "The Way You Look Tonight".

The day before the wedding, at Kimmy's father's office, Jules uses his email account to forge a message from him to Michael's boss, asking that Michael be fired to allow Kimmy's father to hire him at Kimmy's insistence. She saves the message rather than send it, but later realizes that Kimmy's father has unknowingly sent the email. Jules lies to enlist Michael's help, but they find the office locked. Returning to Jules' hotel, Michael receives a message from his boss notifying him of the email. Furious, he calls Kimmy, calling off the wedding.

The next morning, Jules discovers that neither Michael nor Kimmy have told anyone else that the wedding is off. She tries to manipulate the couple into breaking up for good, but Michael and Kimmy decide to get married after all. Jules finally confesses her love to Michael and passionately kisses him. Kimmy witnesses this and drives away, pursued by Michael, who is followed by Jules in a caterer's truck. Jules calls George, who assures her that Michael loves Kimmy. Finding Michael at Chicago Union Station, Jules confesses to everything. He forgives her and tells her that here at the station is where he proposed to Kimmy and she accepted, and they split up to look for Kimmy.

Jules finds Kimmy in the bathroom of Comiskey Park. Amid a crowd of onlookers, Kimmy confronts Jules for interfering with Michael. Jules apologizes, assuring Kimmy that Michael truly loves her, and they reconcile. The wedding proceeds, and at the reception, Jules gives a heartfelt speech as Kimmy's maid of honor. Jules allows the newlyweds to temporarily have "The Way You Look Tonight" as their song until they find their own song. Jules and Michael share their goodbyes, both finally moving on. On the phone with George, Jules is surprised to see him at the reception, and they dance together.

Cast[edit]

  • Julia Roberts as Julianne Potter, a 27-year-old food critic who realizes she's in love with her best friend Michael and tries to win him back after he decides to marry someone else.
  • Dermot Mulroney as Michael O'Neal, Julianne's best friend and a sportswriter who is engaged to Kimmy Wallace.
  • Cameron Diaz as Kimmy Wallace, Michael's bubbly and lovable fiancée who comes from an affluent family.
  • Rupert Everett as George Downes, Julianne's gay friend and editor who pretends to be engaged to Julianne to make Michael jealous.
  • Philip Bosco as Walter Wallace, husband of Isabelle, father of Kimmy, and future father-in-law of Michael. He is a rich businessman who owns the Chicago White Sox baseball team.
  • M. Emmet Walsh as Joe O'Neal, father of Michael and Scotty O'Neal and future father-in-law of Kimmy. He suggested that Julianne be Michael's best man, but had to go with Scotty instead.
  • Rachel Griffiths as Samantha Newhouse, twin sister of Mandy and one of Kimmy's bridesmaids.
  • Carrie Preston as Amanda Newhouse, twin sister of Samantha and one of Kimmy's bridesmaids.
  • Susan Sullivan as Isabelle Wallace, wife of Walter, mother of Kimmy, and future mother-in-law of Michael.

In addition, Christopher Masterson plays Michael's younger brother, while Paul Giamatti briefly appears as a bellman who encounters Julianne in a hotel hallway.

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

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).[2]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 73% based on 59 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "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."[3] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 50 out of 100 based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[4] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.[5]

Total Film praised the film, giving it four stars out of five and stating "[h]ere [Roberts] 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 called the film "a perfect date movie" that "proves Roberts isn't as crap as we all thought she was."[6]

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."[7] Joanna Berry of Radio Times gave it four stars out of five, observing that this "sparkling comedy" proved to be a career-resurrecting movie for Julia Roberts.[8]

Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times said, "One of the pleasures of Ronald Bass' screenplay is the way it subverts the usual comic formulas that would fuel a plot like this."[9] CNN movie reviewer Carol Buckland said Roberts "lights up the screen," calling the film "fluffy fun."[10]

Andrew Johnston, writing in Time Out New York, observed, "The best scene occurs when Julianne's gay editor and confidant George (Everett) turns up in Chicago and poses as her fiancé, seizing control of the film for five delicious minutes. His devilish impersonation of a straight guy is priceless, and things only get better when he leads a sing-along at the rehearsal dinner. At times like this, when the film spins into pop culture overdrive that it stops being a star vehicle and flirts with genuine comic brilliance."[11]

One critic, in retrospect, considered it one of the greatest romantic comedy films of all time.[12]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Accolade Category Recipient Result
Academy Awards Best Original Musical or Comedy Score James Newton Howard Nominated
ALMA Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Crossover Role in a Feature Film Cameron Diaz Won
American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Rupert Everett Won
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top Box Office Films James Newton Howard Won
Awards Circuit Community Awards Honorable Mentions My Best Friend's Wedding Nominated
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actress – Comedy Julia Roberts Won
Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy Rupert Everett Won
Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy Cameron Diaz Won
Bogey Awards Won
British Academy Film Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Rupert Everett Nominated
Casting Society of America Best Casting for Feature Film – Comedy David Rubin Nominated
Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actor Rupert Everett Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Rupert Everett Won
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Film – Wide Release My Best Friend's Wedding Nominated
Golden Screen Awards Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical My Best Friend's Wedding Nominated
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Julia Roberts Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Rupert Everett Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards British Supporting Actor of the Year Rupert Everett Won
MTV Movie + TV Awards Best Female Performance Julia Roberts Nominated
Best Breakthrough Performance Rupert Everett Nominated
Best Comedic Performance Rupert Everett Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Rupert Everett Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Picture – Comedy or Musical Ronald Bass
Jerry Zucker
Nominated
Best Actor – Comedy or Musical Rupert Everett Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Rupert Everett Nominated
Best Actress – Comedy or Musical Julia Roberts Nominated
Best Title Sequences Nominated
Best Music – Adapted Song "Wishin' and Hopin' " Nominated
Best Music – Adapted Song "I Say a Little Prayer" Won
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Rupert Everett Nominated
Satellite Award Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical My Best Friend's Wedding Nominated
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Julia Roberts Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Rupert Everett Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Cameron Diaz Nominated

American Film Institute recognition:

Soundtrack[edit]

My Best Friend's Wedding: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
various artists
Released17 June 1997
GenrePop/Rock
Length46:42 minutes
LabelEpic Records

The soundtrack was released on June 17, 1997, and contains covers of familiar songs. It was praised by AllMusic for working "better than it should, since most of the vocalists... concentrate on the songs".[14]

No.TitleWriter(s)Recording artist(s)Length
1."I Say a Little Prayer"Burt Bacharach / Hal DavidDiana King3:37
2."Wishin' and Hopin'"Burt Bacharach / Hal DavidAni DiFranco3:17
3."You Don't Know Me"Eddy Arnold / Cindy WalkerJann Arden3:27
4."Tell Him"Bert BernsThe Exciters2:36
5."I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself"Burt Bacharach / Hal DavidNicky Holland4:20
6."I'll Be Okay"Tena Clark / Greg WellsAmanda Marshall4:58
7."The Way You Look Tonight"Jerome Kern / Dorothy FieldsTony Bennett3:25
8."What the World Needs Now Is Love"Burt Bacharach / Hal DavidJackie DeShannon3:14
9."I'll Never Fall in Love Again"Burt Bacharach / Hal DavidMary Chapin Carpenter3:52
10."Always You"Lars HalapiSophie Zelmani2:52
11."If You Wanna Be Happy"Roaring Lion / Joseph Royster / Carmella Guida / Frank GuidaJimmy Soul2:23
12."I Say a Little Prayer"Burt Bacharach / Hal DavidThe Cast of My Best Friend's Wedding2:30
13."Suite From My Best Friend's Wedding"James Newton HowardJames Newton Howard6:11
Total length:46:42
Chart positions
Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 11
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 19
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 40
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 34
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[20] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 29
US Billboard 200[22] 14

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[24] Gold 50,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[25] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[28] 2× Platinum 1,930,000[27]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Remakes[edit]

Two official remakes with the same title have been released.

In addition, the 2002 Indian film Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai ("It's My Friend's Wedding") was partially inspired by the film.

Stage musical[edit]

A stage musical adaptation of the film featuring songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and a book by screenplay writer Ronald Bass and Jonathan Harvey was announced to open in September 2021 (originally due to open September 2020 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic) on a UK and Ireland tour, and was due to be directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and star Alexandra Burke as Julianne Potter.[32] However on 30 June 2021, it was announced that the production was cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the producers revealing they hope to revisit the show at a later date.[33]

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  12. ^ "22 Reasons "My Best Friend's Wedding" Is The Greatest Rom-Com Of All Time". BuzzFeed. 2014-10-29.
  13. ^ AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs Nominees
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  31. ^ Merino, Javier (February 14, 2019). "Esto es lo que puedes esperar de La boda de mi mejor amigo, la adaptación mexicana de la famosa comedia romántica". CNN. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
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