Retro Review: My Best Friend’s Wedding

By: Emily Kellas

Rating: 7 out of 10 

Ah weddings, that magical moment when a killer party trumps sending your future children to college. This Friday marks the first wedding I’ll have been to where I wasn’t a flower girl, or and the groom isn’t an uncle. In fact I hardly know the couple at all! Friends of my boyfriend, I completely intend of utilizing their open bar and enjoying every mouthful of cake, while simultaneously not worrying that my grandma is going to shimmy so hard her slip falls to her ankles (true story, for another time). So I’m in a very matrimonial mood, that’s why this week’s Retro Review is one of my all time favorite wedding themed films, My Best Friend’s Wedding. Released in 1997 this is Julia Roberts at her best. Although I don’t think I can count on two hands how many wedding movies she’s starred in, it’s Julia Robert’s so it’s guaranteed to be a fantastic chick flick. Alongside Roberts the film stars Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, and Rupert Everett. My Best Friend’s Wedding does what so many of us have wanted to do, or perhaps thought about doing, or for some of you inconsiderate folk, actually done… derail a wedding.

Julianna Potter (Roberts) and Michael O’Neal (Mulroney) have been best friends forever. When Michael is suddenly engaged and head over heels for society girl Kimberly Wallace (Diaz), Julianne realizes she loves Michael as more than a friend, and sets out to end the nuptials before the wedding march is ever played.

I am not afraid to admit that I love these gushy romantic comedies, especially one’s starring Julia Roberts, and My Best Friend’s Wedding is no exception. Though no Casablanca, the film does strike a cord with audiences. Roberts, as usual, is extremely loveable, and plays the crazed, confused, food critic Julianne perfectly. Through her jealousy-induced antics Julianne slowly sabotages not only the wedding, but also the couples relationship.  With that said Dermot Mulroney doesn’t do much for me. Somehow I believe I would be more entertained if Michael O’Neal was played by a 2×4. With that said, Cameron Diaz as the bubbly, affectionate, naïve, and overall lovely Kimberly Wallace is perfect. Diaz is an obvious fit for the part. But perhaps my favorite character in the film is Rupert Everett as Julianne’s flamboyantly gay friend, George.

The best part of the film comes when Julianne begs George to pretend to be her fiancé in an attempt to make Michael jealous. The moment culminates in the most memorable scene in the film, dinner at the lobster shack. As George begins to tell the tale of how he asked Julianne to marry him, embellishing and bedazzling as he goes, he leads the group in a sing-a-long to “I Say A Little Prayer.”

My Best Friend’s Wedding is a fun movie, full of sweet moments, and humorous one-liners. So with wedding season in full bloom, if you’re reeling over a missed chance, lost love, or beginning a new romantic adventure, you can meet me at the open bar (free wine!) or better yet stay home, and pop in My Best Friend’s Wedding.

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