Runaway Bride (1999)

GARRY MARSHALL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5

USA, 1999.  Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Interscope Communications, Lakeshore Entertainment.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Idiotic romantic comedy from Garry Marshall that makes his Pretty Woman seem like a graduate thesis. Julia Roberts and  (reunited from the aforementioned romantic comedy after nine years) do extremely well with a ridiculous script about a young woman who can’t seem to make it all the way down the altar, and the columnist who writes about her in his newspaper and gets fired for not asking her permission. As the writer, Gere is probably the most lighthearted we’ve ever seen him in a film, with no intensely squinting eyes, half-eaten dialogue or lowered voice. Roberts, naturally, uses her smile to full effect and totally wins her audience over (it’s no surprise the movie was a big hit). The cast is rounded out beautifully by the likes of Joan Cusack and , not to mention Marshall regulars Laurie Metcalf and , but this story is just so childish and clunky that you can enjoy the film but you’ll never admire it in the slightest. Roberts fared much better in 1999 in Notting Hill.

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