Monday, November 17, 2014

Movie Review: "Runaway Bride" (1999)

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Movie"Runaway Bride"
Director: Garry Marshall
Year: 1999
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Ike Graham (Richard Gere) is a columnist working for the USA Today. After meeting a drunk in a bar, he writes an article based on the man's story of a runaway bride named Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts). Maggie has a habit of leaving her would-be husbands standing at the alter time and time again. When Maggie reads the scathing article accusing her of being a man-eater, she writes an angry letter to the editor of the paper threatening a lawsuit. This costs Ike his job. On the advice of his former coworker and friend Fisher (Hector Elizondo), Ike goes to the small town of Hale to confront Maggie, to talk to her family and friends, and to get the real story of why Maggie runs at the alter in an effort to redeem himself and show that article wasn't wholly inaccurate.  

Despite being directed by Garry Marshall and staring Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Hector Elizondo with a bit role from Larry Miller, and along with having a scene where Gere allows Roberts to buy any dress in the store she wants, this film is in no way related to or a sequel of "Pretty Woman." The plot is just as predictable, though, as we see the end coming within the first few minutes of the film. Before we even started the movie, actually, we both called the ending right off the bat. Boy meets girl. They meet under bad circumstances and hate each other because of a misunderstanding. Boy and girl are forced to be with one another for extended length of time. They bicker and it's supposed to be funny and cute but just comes off as annoying and trite. Boy and girl learn about each other, like each other, and eventually fall in love. There is a hefty dose of syrupy sap, which is referenced in both the happy and sad montages, both of which are equally cliche. We don't really feel like Julia Roberts and Richard Gere had the same amount of chemistry that they did in "Pretty Woman," and even then, it was not that much to begin with. Women fawn over this rom-com and we can't understand why because there are many, many other better romance movies in the world. It feels like this is the exact opposite of what a rom-com should be: dry, boring, lacking affection between characters, a basic story with bit characters that are better than the main characters. It doesn't really stand the test of time and will eventually be forgotten altogether, just as we have forgotten it already.

My Rating: 4/10
BigJ's Rating: 4/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 46%
Do we recommend this movie: No.
One year ago, we were watching: "Sixteen Candles"


  1. I watched this on the plane, coming home from Germany. I don't remember much about the movie but I always remember where I saw it. lol


    1. That's a cool memory! It's probably better that you didn't remember much about the movie, it's sort of a stinker. :P