Time: 95 mins.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Academy Award nomination for Best Original Comedy Score.
The one and only reason this movie works on any level is Julia Roberts. She, without question, carries the tone of every film she's in and this time the mood was set for fun. Now she may be bored with always having to be funny, sexy and charming, but that's what she's good at. It's what the people, including me, are paying to see. I don't mind if she chooses to do an "important" piece every once and a while, but her magic has been gone from the screen far too long. MARY REILLY and MICHAEL COLLINS may have been good for her, but they weren't for her career. She's lucky this movie worked or God knows what would've happened to her.
This time around she plays a food critic who suddenly realizes that she's in love with her best friend, played by Dermot Mulroney, when he announces that he's getting married. In order to keep her best friend and newly-found love-of-her-life, Roberts pulls out all the stops to keep the couple from tying the knot. It doesn't matter one iota to her or the audience that he's actually happy with his coed cutie, played with unbridled enthusiasm by Cameron Diaz.
There's no denying that her actions are far from exemplary, which is a refreshing change for Roberts, but you can't hate her because you want her to win. Diaz's character is so nice, it's almost sickening. However, it's just not a fair fight, so you can't help, but feel sorry for her. Roberts innate charm is the only thing that keeps her from being completely despicable.
That, and the fact that Mulroney isn't exactly the prize of the century. He's not remotely in Roberts league, so when things don't exactly go her way, it's not the end of the world. His position is one most men would kill to be in Roberts and Diaz fighting to be your wife and the movie plays this fine line very well, holding out to the last moment to see which way Mulroney will swing. Roberts is helped in her endeavors by the enormously charming Rupert Everett, who plays her not so helpful publisher and best friend. She inevitably tries every trick in the book to stop the nuptials, but in the end true love wins out.
MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING is a wonderful romantic comedy with some truly funny, manic moments by Roberts and a few to die for musical interludes you won't soon forget. This is a film clearly made for her and she attacks her character with gusto. It's entertaining to see her stretch her comedy muscles and tread the line of true bitchiness. Of course, she never crosses the line into unlikable, but some of her actions come real close. Mulroney is cute and all, but never manages to be more. Diaz takes a throw away part and makes it not only funny, but extremely memorable. Her moment in the karoake spotlight is so painful, you have to laugh. Everett oozes wit and charm, almost stealing the show from Roberts. They're a great team, feeding off each other's talent and energy. This film would not have been half as enjoyable without him. All I can say about this romantic trifle is: Welcome back, Julia.