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My Best Friend's Wedding

Comedy . Romance

When she receives word that her longtime platonic pal Michael O'Neal is getting married to debutante Kimberly Wallace, food critic Julianne Potter realizes her true feelings for Michael -- and sets out to sabotage the wedding.

Actors: Julia Roberts , Dermot Mulroney , Cameron Diaz , Rupert Everett , Philip Bosco , M. Emmet Walsh , Rachel Griffiths , Carrie Preston , Susan Sullivan , Christopher Masterson
Directors: P.J. Hogan
Country: USA
Release: 1997-06-20
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  • Roger Ebert

    One of the pleasures of Ronald Bass' screenplay is the way it subverts the usual comic formulas that would fuel a plot like this.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Julia Roberts is brighter and spunkier than usual, and Rupert Everett steals the show.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    The real casting disaster is Mulroney. His blandness in the role makes it impossible to believe two beautiful women would fight over him.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The film makers understand that it's possible for a romantic comedy to appeal not only to the heart, but to the mind as well.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Although there are definite lags here, those "glittering" set-pieces are funny enough (at least one is hilarious) to stave off any prolonged yawns.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Feels repetitive at times, but its star power and willingness to undercut convention come through at the end.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Russell Smith

    It does effectively recall those bygone days when impossibly attractive, charming, and endearingly flawed characters dressed to kill, smoked like creosote plants, and behaved atrociously on the way to rapturous romantic consummation.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Mulroney is a drip with not a milliliter of chemistry with either woman. Roberts doesn't really seem to care about him so much as the fact that life is passing her by. Though, that may be the point.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    This amiable comedy may not be hugely sophisticated, but Hogan does manage to make his attractive leads look like complete idiots, no mean achievement in image-obsessed Hollywood.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Julia Roberts glitters like gold dust, and she is ideally partnered with Rupert Everett, who gives a witty, wicked, bust-out performance.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • David Ansen

    A romantic comedy for an era of diminished expectations.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    And when [Roberts is] on screen with Mulroney, who seems a frat-house jerk -- all dimples and a perma-tan -- we don't feel much of anything.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    As [Roberts'] gay best friend, Rupert Everett is the only one with any backbone, any sense of humor or any decent lines.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Stephen Thompson

    Just as crippling is the movie's tendency to waver back and forth between black comedy and Nora Ephron-esque schmaltz.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    Obtuse, prettily decorative comedy. Characters burst gaily into song when, as often happens, they don't have anything better to do.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    When our sympathies shift to [Cameron Diaz's Kimmy], the movie sours. It is no help either that Ronald Bass neglected to write (or Mulroney was unable to find) a character in Michael. Why all this fuss over this lox, we keep wondering.

    Time Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    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.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    The story isn’t bright enough or grand enough to contain all of Roberts’s star power.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Poor Roberts, pretty and perky as the day is long, hasn't a hoot in hell of bringing Julianne off. She's simply not actress enough, she doesn't have that suppleness that would enable her to sell the complexity of emotion, the jealousy, the irrationality, the meanness and the intelligence.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Leonard Klady

    Ultimately, My Best Friend's Wedding works for some very old-fashioned reasons: It skillfully engages us in the story and its characters. And, for no additional cost, it has something to say about how we live, act, commit and relate.

    Variety Full Review
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