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My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)



Critic 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.

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Essentially an old-fashioned romantic comedy with a few dark twists, My Best Friend's Wedding marks the return of Julia Roberts to the genre. She plays Julianne Potter, a writer of culinary guides. As her 28th birthday draws near, Julianne eagerly anticipates a proposal from her handsome former college buddy Michael O'Neal (Dermot Mulroney). The best of friends during those years (though Julianne has always secretly loved him), they vowed that if both were still single at age 28, they would marry each other. She is justifiably excited when the phone rings and it is Michael; but her joy quickly turns to shock when he obliviously invites her to Chicago to attend his wedding to innocent, sweet-natured heiress Kimmy Wallace (Cameron Diaz). Enraged, the jealous and hurt Julianne visits her buddy and editor George (Rupert Everett) and to him vows to stop at nothing to win Michael back. At first what follows is standard-issue screwball comedy. Julianne enacts a plot to turn Michael away from Kimmy and the plot backfires making the heiress look even better to her besotted fiance. After several failed attempts, the tale turns blacker as Julianne becomes almost insanely desperate and begins doing things that are less cute than awful to her romantic rival. Meanwhile, George remains the one voice of sanity, sort of a Greek chorus, for Julianne. As the tale progresses, each of the protagonists is led to the point where they must examine their true motives, behavior and emotions, thus adding a depth not usually found in this type of story.more
Rating: PG-13 (For one use of strong language and brief sex-related humor.)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Bass, Ronald Bass
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 9, 1997
Sony Pictures Entertainment


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 Amanda Newhouse
Susan Sullivan
as Isabelle Wallace
Raci Alexander
as Title Sequence Perfo...
Jennifer Garrett
as Title Sequence Perfo...
Kelly Sheerin
as Title Sequence Perfo...
Bree Turner
as Title Sequence Perfo...
Cassie Creasy
as Flower Girl
Lucina Paquet
as Kimmy's Grandma
Aida Baggio
as Old Woman No. 2
Shirley Kelly
as Oldest Lady
George Bozonelos
as Party Guest
Loretta Paoletti
as Party Guest
Joseph Sikora
as Stoner Guy No. 1
Shale Marks
as Stoner Guy No. 2
Phillip Ingram
as Wedding Singer
Rose Abdoo
as Seamstress
Jobe Cerny
as Tailor
Mark Swenson
as Karaoke Singer
Mara Casey
as Karaoke Girl
Tonray Ho
as Karaoke Waitress
Michelle Hutchison
as Drunken Trashy Girl
Robert M. Sutter
as Crabhouse Pianist
Susan Breslau
as Customer
Burton Zucker
as Customer
Sharon Haight
as Customer
Nydia Rodriguez Terr...
as Walter's Secretary
Mike Bacarella
as Office Janitor
Larry Santori
as Conductor
Gene Janson
as Sports Magazine Guy
Kevin Michael Doyle
as Sports Magazine Guy
Sid Hillman
as Dining Guest
Norman Merrill
as Dining Guest
Renata Scott
as Dining Guest
Anh Duong
as Dining Guest
Harry Shearer
as Jonathan P.E. Rice
Jennifer McComb
as Excited Woman
Mary-Pat Green
as Angry Woman
Davenia McFadden
as Angrier Woman
Jo Farkas
as Loony Woman
Chris Masterson
as Scott O'Neal
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Critic Reviews for My Best Friend's Wedding

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (17)

We don't feel much of anything.

Full Review… | February 3, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The draggy narrative of this 1997 comedy is tough to sit through -- there are even several overproduced musical numbers -- but it does have an intriguing subversive element that I don't want to give away.

Full Review… | February 3, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Anchored by skilled comedienne Julia Roberts, this skewered variation on jealousy and the wrong woman doing battle in the aisles is a winning balance of the familiar and the novel.

Full Review… | February 3, 2009
Top Critic

The film's brazen amorality gradually freezes the smile on your face.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A misbegotten attempt to update the genre that only proves the enduring -- if not downright inviolable -- appeal of the boy-meets-girl scenario.

Full Review… | August 29, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

[Julia Roberts] is at her vibrant best.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for My Best Friend's Wedding

A comedy about finding your heart and losing your head.

Saw it again! Great Film! As usual, Julia Roberts' acting was great. Cameron Diaz was charismatic. The story is funny and its something that you can relate to and learn from, like to learn how to let go of someone. This is a romantic comedy and if you are not into this kind of movies then don't watch this. I really think that this movie is great because it is realistic. Try to put yourself in Julianne Potter's shoes and see if you can handle it. I recommend this movie to Julia Roberts fans!! This is probably one of her best films!!

A woman who, by a promise made years earlier, is supposed to marry her best friend in three weeks, even though she doesn't want to. When she finds out that he's marrying someone else, she becomes jealous and tries to break off the wedding.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


What's interesting here is that Roberts, the ex-girlfriend (at the wedding only to break it up), is someone smart, charming and "totally above such drama". We find out as she does (ala the screwball comedies of old) just how far she'll go to achieve her will ... and she's supposedly "not like that at all". Maybe she's driven to it as this is one of those films where folks break out into popular song whenever and so one can sympathize with her temporary insanity in this funny crowd pleaser from the good ol'days of 1997.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A classic! A must see!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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