Hard to believe that it was almost 20 years ago that this film came out…my how time flies! This is a somewhat darker take on love and weddings. America’s sweetheart Julia Roberts does not play the sweet and lovable girl in this film. She is the one trying to break up the wedding of her male best friend. Director P.J Hogan (Muriel’s Wedding) has wisely cast Roberts in a role she does not usually do and it works. She is good as the woman we do not want to end up with the guy. Her character is not unlikable, but we do not hate her either.
While the lead actors do a commendable job, it is really the supporting actors that make the film for me. Rupert Everett steals almost every scene he is in; especially the sing-a-long to “Say A Little Prayer” that he leads, which is my favourite scene in the film.
Speaking of singing, the soundtrack to the film is also top-notch with tunes from Dionne Warwick, Jann Arden, Tony Bennett, and Ani Difranco. What is most right about this film is that the ‘right’ girl gets the guy in the end.
Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts – Mary Reilly, Michael Collins) has realized that she is in love with her best friend Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney – The Family Stone, Must Love Dogs), unfortunately for her it is on the day he announces to her that he is getting married. Julianne and Michael dated briefly and after have been best friends for 9 years. Six years ago they made a pact that if they were both single when they turned 28 that they would marry each other. When Michael calls Julianne and tells her that he really needs to speak to her she assumes it is because he wants to get married. Shocking Julianne, Michael tells her he has met the very rich Kimberly Wallace (Cameron Diaz – In Her Shoes, Shrek 2) and they are getting married in four days. Julianne tells her editor George (Rupert Everett – The Ideal Husband, Shakespeare in Love) that she has four days to break up the wedding and make Michael realize she is the girl for him. As the time of the wedding draws nearing Julianne’s attempts to break up Michael and Kimberly become more and more desperate.
-Say a Little Prayer for You Sing-Along
-On the Set: My Best Friend’s Wedding
-Wedding Do’s & Don’ts
-Unveiled: My Best Friend’s Wedding
-My Best Friend’s Wedding Album