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Laramie Movie Scope:
My Best Friend's Wedding

A romantic comedy that is one of the year's best films

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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July 29, 1997 -- "My Best Friend's Wedding" is one of the best movies of 1997. It is funny, engrossing, smart and insightful.

The film stars Julia Roberts as Julianne Potter, a glamorous food critic who finds out her best friend, Michael O'Neal (played by Dermot Mulroney) is planning to marry a beautiful woman, Kimmy Wallace (Cameron Diaz) who is about 8 years younger than he is.
Julianne immediately realizes she has been in love with Michael and must break up the impending marriage and win him back. She comes up with various underhanded schemes to break up the happy couple. When things don't work at first she becomes increasingly desperate and she tries even dirtier tricks.

In desperation, Julianne calls her boss, George Downes, (Rupert Everett) for advice. Downes tells her that she must tell Michael the truth, that she loves him and wants him to choose her instead of Kimmy. Instead, she uses George in another scheme to make Michael jealous.

Everett is very charming. He's a smoother, more handsome sidekick along the lines of Hugh Grant. Julia Roberts is excellent in her role of a less-than-sympathetic spoiled brat. This might be the best performance of her career. Cameron Diaz is very effective as a naive romantic and Dermot Mulroney genuinely seems confused by all these feminine machinations, as well he should be.

The story is somewhat reminiscent of "Four Weddings and a Funeral," but is more poignant, less episodic and more focused. One of the things I liked about it was its use of music. It is very nearly a musical with several show-stopping numbers, including Everett's rendition of "I Say a Little Prayer for You."

In a summer of action movies that are all starting to look the same, "My Best Friend's Wedding," along with "Contact," provide some welcome relief. It rates an A.

Click here for links to places to buy this movie in video and/or DVD format, the soundtrack, books, even used videos, games and lots of other stuff. I suggest you shop at least two of these places before buying anything. Prices seem to vary continuously. For more information on this film, click on this link to The Internet Movie Database. Type in the name of the movie in the search box and press enter. You will be able to find background information on the film, the actors, and links to much more information.

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Copyright © 1997 Robert Roten. All rights reserved.
Reproduced with the permission of the copyright holder.
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