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Reviewed by Dustin Putman, July 31, It may not have been groundbreakingly original and it wasn'tbut it ably carried itself purely on the intelligence of the actors and screenplay.
Over nine years have passed now, and although Roberts and Gere are a little bit older, they unfortunately aren't quite as wise in their project choices, as proven by their sophomore reunion with director Garry Marshall.
Unlike "Pretty Woman," "Runaway Bride" constantly feels like a phony, artificially manufactured excuse just to get the two actors together once again.
Apparently, the importance of the writing and story weren't at the top of everyone's minds when they decided to take on this lackluster endeavor. Searching for a revitalizing, interesting story to write about, Ike is told by one of his buddies that there is a young lady in the small rural town of Hale, Maryland, who likes to dump grooms on their wedding day and run away.
When the article finally is written, that woman, Maggie Carpenter Julia Robertswho doesn't purposefully hurt her fiances as much as she has trouble committing herself for a lifetime with one certain person, is humiliated and outraged. Writing a letter to the editor of the USA Today spotting fifteen--count 'em, 15!
Fortunately, his best friend, Fisher Hector Elizondocomes up with a sure-fire way to save Ike's job: Since Ike and Maggie are spending all of their time together, they start to get to know one another to the point that marriage with Ike sounds more appealing than marriage with Bob.
But even if they go through with it, who is to say Maggie won't run again? Simply put, this new film is stuck on auto-pilot, and Review of runaway bride, comes off as a tiresome excursion into terrain that has been covered too many times to count. For one, you know going in that director Garry Marshall wouldn't dare make a Review of runaway bride with these two actors and not have them get together by the final act, so there is nary an ounce of suspense or interest generated from this major aspect of the story.
To shake things up a little, Marshall and screenwriters Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott should have went a similar route as Roberts' sweet career-revitalizing hit, "My Best Friend's Wedding," which had an upbeat resolution that was nonetheless more truthful and complicated than by just having the two romantic leads get together.
Perhaps Marshall feared that audiences would get upset if Roberts and Gere didn't live happily ever after at the end, but it, no doubt, would have at least added a sprinkle of originality that is hopelessly absent from almost every scene in the overlong minute running time.
And that's another thing; the film may actually have worked on a minor level had it concluded with its natural ending, but instead, it proceeds to go on for another unnecessary fifteen minutes.
Once again, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere shine in their latest foray, but the romantic heat between the two that was so tangible in "Pretty Woman" isn't present nearly as much here, most likely because the writing, as mentioned, isn't as satisfying.
Their roles of Ike and Maggie also happen to be the least interesting characters in the whole film, which is a glaring flaw that looms overhead most of the picture. No fault of Roberts and Gere, especially, who seems far more loose and care-free than I think I've ever seen him on film, but every time one of the supporting players would appear on-screen, things would brighten up considerably.
Joan Cusack, as always, is a comic delight and standout as Maggie's best friend and hairstylist at the "Curl Up and Dye" Salon which, yes, garnered a big laugh. Cusack is not really wasted, particularly since she and Roberts have a subtle, honest scene together, but it is rather frustrating to constantly see Cusack, one of America's biggest current acting talents, cast in the "friend" role.
Studio heads, take note: Give Cusack the lead in a movie, for once. Believe me, she has proven her worth and is fully capable of holding up a picture on her own. Why don't other people see this? One compliment that probably should be given to the screenwriters is in the three-dimensional treatment given to the ex-wife character of Gere's, played by Rita Wilson in a memorable, superior performance to anything I've seen her in.
Too often overacting or missing the mark see her disappointing work in 's remake of "Psycho"Wilson is perfect here as a woman who still cares for Gere, despite their divorce and avoidance to what went wrong with their marriage, and is able to have a warm, loving relationship with him. Of the other supporting actors, Hector Elizondo is not used nearly as well or effectively as he was in "Pretty Woman" and is given very little to do, while Laurie Metcalf is hilarious in her too-brief performance as the town baker, as is Jean Schertler as Roberts' lovable, if brazen, granny.
When you go to see a movie that features megastars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and, yet, you mostly want them to disappear into the background so you can watch the people around them strut their stuff, what exactly does that tell you?
In my opinion, it tells you that the screenplay needed an extensive rewrite to strengthen the two lead characters, who aren't nearly as flashy and absorbing as Cusack, Wilson, Metcalf, and Schertler.
When Roberts and Gere finally do come together in the last scene, you are happy for them, but left with an uncertain feeling inside. If Roberts' Maggie really does have a lot of personal problems to work out, then how can you be so sure that she and Ike won't be making a trip to divorce court a week later?
Or, better yet, and it is this plot contrivance that is the most difficult to swallow, why would Maggie be smitten with Ike in the second half when she thoroughly can't stand him in the former section because of the cruel things he wrote about her, in a country-wide newspaper, no less?
Regretfully, "Runaway Bride" too often appears to be so concerned with big box-office receipts that everyone involved forgot about making the film actually good. Sorry, Julia, but don't worry, I still love ya! On second thought, who couldn't?An average soundtrack.
It would have been better if not for a couple of really bad songs (that sound like they are here only to have a modern sounding pop song on the soundtrack) bringing it down.
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Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Runaway Bride While coming up with column ideas at his favorite bar in New York, columnist Ike Graham (Gere) hears the story of Maggie Carpenter (Roberts), a small-town bride who has run away from several weddings at the last moment.