Rupert Everett in 'Wedding:' Here comes the star
June 24, 1997
Web posted at: 11:21 p.m. EDT (0321 GMT)
From Movie Reviewer Carol Buckland
ATLANTA (CNN) -- Although 'My Best Friend's Wedding' takes a
decidedly skewed look at love in the '90s, it's likely to
become the designated date movie of the summer.
This is partly because there's not much competition in that
category and partly because the flick is enjoyably, fluffy
As anyone who's seen the trailer for the movie knows, Julia
Roberts plays a woman who is stunned to learn that her
ex-boyfriend-turned-buddy (Dermot Mulroney) is
Roberts, who has a longtime phobia to commitment, suddenly
develops the urge to merge with Mulroney, and sets out to
stop the wedding.
To do this, she uses a series of underhanded and increasingly
mean-spirited tactics against Mulroney's beloved (Cameron
Diaz). She is aided and abetted by her suavely insightful
and out-of-the-closet boss, George (Rupert Everett).
Roberts is back in her crowd-pleasing mode here, sporting a
mane of red hair and her trademark mix of radiance and
vulnerability. Although she's not a very deep actress, she
lights up the screen. There are few performers who could
behave as nastily as she does in this movie and still retain
the audience's sympathy.
Just as some folks confuse Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary Louise
Parker and Sara Jessica Parker, I have always had a tendency
to mix up Dermot Mulroney and Dylan McDermott. What can I
say? They are very generic-style dudes.
Mulroney's a dud, but Everett shines
Mulroney does nothing to distinguish himself in this film.
He's appealing, in a lovable lug kind of way, but he has
zilch chemistry with Roberts.
He fares better with Diaz who, as Kimmy, endows her
"irritatingly perfect" character with sweetness and smarts.
She also shines when she finally gets a chance to blast her
rival for her attempts to steal the groom.
The best thing about this movie is Rupert Everett. He
enhances every scene he's in, leaving the audience laughing
and wanting more. Everett, who is openly gay, plays his part
on multiple levels. He acts out stereotypes -- both gay and
straight -- with great panache. His one-on-one scenes with
Roberts are a treat.
Screenwriter Ronald Bass' script is uneven. There are some
terrifically witty lines (several, one suspects, ad-libbed by
Everett) and some really clever situations.
But there also is lots of unnecessary crudeness. It seems
filmmakers feel they have to "dumb down" the sophistication
of classic screwball comedies to attract a contemporary
As he proved with "Muriel's Wedding," director P.J. Hogan has
an interestingly off-kilter way of looking at the world.
Although he stages most of the scenes in a straightforward
way for "Friend's Wedding," there are some charming, offbeat
touches here. One wishes he'd mined some of the story's
kinkier subtexts a bit more, but hey ... this is a
"My Best Friend's Wedding" was No. 2 at the box office in its
first weekend of release. Although it's likely to be blown
out by pending "event" movies like "Men in Black," it should
have good word-of-mouth reviews and do solid business
throughout the next several weeks.
This movie is rated PG-13. That's for language (including
the dreaded F-word, uttered by Roberts), sexual innuendo and
a mild bit of substance abuse (inhaling helium).
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