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.

Movie Info

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 … 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


as Julianne Potter

as Michael O'Neal

as Kimmy Wallace

as George Downes

as Walter Wallace

as Joe O'Neal

as Samantha Newhouse

as Amanda Newhouse

as Isabelle Wallace

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as Flower Girl

as Kimmy's Grandma

as Old Woman No. 2

as Oldest Lady

as Party Guest

as Party Guest

as Stoner Guy No. 1

as Stoner Guy No. 2

as Wedding Singer

as Seamstress

as Tailor

as Captain

as Karaoke Singer

as Karaoke Girl

as Karaoke Waitress

as Drunken Trashy Girl

as Crabhouse Pianist

as Customer

as Customer

as Customer

as Walter's Secretary

as Office Janitor

as Conductor

as Sports Magazine Guy

as Sports Magazine Guy

as Dining Guest

as Dining Guest

as Dining Guest

as Dining Guest

as Jonathan P.E. Rice

as Excited Woman

as Angry Woman

as Angrier Woman

as Loony Woman

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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