; 400x60

click here to see our uploads list
click for new
Film Reviews, Festivale movie section, a reel life
click here for current front page

Festivale Spring 1997

My Best Friend's Wedding

Fabulous! Funny! Full of great moments! Good grief, at one point the theatre audience clapped along with the players.

It's the road runner and the wily coyote, and Julia Roberts is the coyote with a conscience.

Okay, so now you know. I liked it.

Today more than ever women are making friends with men. Let's say, people are being best friends with members of their gender-of-preference. So what happens when your best friend gets married?

Movie Poster, My Best Friend's Wedding, Festivale film review; bestfriend.jpg - 23944 Bytes

Share this
Like us on facebook
For the latest news and reviews.

It's hard. If they go down that long last walk of singlehood before you do, you have lost something you can't easily replace. Best friend status is about travelling hours to pour coffee in the middle of the night, and hours of shared pain and shared good times. If you can be a best friend, you have a lot.

When your best friend chooses marriage to someone else, someone of the opposite sex, how can you compete. (Should you?)

Amazon.com logo
Search for:
UK's largest videos store
In Association with Amazon.co.uk
Search For:
Well, no, you shouldn't compete. But some do, some scoff, some spread gossip, some practice subtle and unsubtle destruction techniques. Neither men nor women are above this. It's about preventing a loss. It's about grieving for a friendship that is about to change permanently.

In My Best Friend's Wedding, Julianne (Julia Roberts) is about to lose her long time best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) to another woman, Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). The question is, why is she so determined to break them up? Is she suddenly aware of her ex-boyfriend, long-time friend's charms? Or is it that feeling of being left behind, of being left out?

But never mind the philosophy, watch the film. It's the road runner and the wily coyote, and Julia Roberts is the coyote with a conscience.

Beautiful Kimmy, the object of best friend Michael's desires has likeability, and while we have plenty of sympathy for Julianne we somehow manage to want everyone to find happiness.

Especially Julianne's new friend, editor and gay-guy George. In this film George (Rupert Everett) is the out-and-out winner in my humble opinion. He's funny, he's outrageous, he's the voice of reason and the centre of several madcap, over-the-top moments.

Julianne may be lousy at long-term romantic commitments, but she has two of the best male friends a lady could have; and rightfully, she appreciates this.

And so it all ends happily, they all find happiness in their choices and their futures, and the audience leaves having had a damn good time.

Send your comments or review

Ali Kayn

See also: P.J. Hogan also directed Confessions of a Shopaholic ; My Best Friend's Wedding ; Muriel's Wedding ; Peter Pan (2003)

Winebase, the ultimate cellar management system; winebase.gif - 4940 Byte

Enter movie, TV show, or person
Provided by Internet Movie Database.
Just the facts:

Title: My Best Friend's Wedding
Written by: Ronald Bass
Directed by: P. J. Hogan
Produced by: Jerry Zucker, Ronald Bass, Gil Netter (exec), Patricia Whitcher (exec)
Edited by: Lisa Fruchtman, Garth Craven
Director of Photography: Laszlo Kovacs

The Players: Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermont Mulroney, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco
For session times of current films, use the cinema listings on the Movie links page. For scheduled release dates, see the coming attractions section.

A Reel Life, the Festivale film sectionMovie Reviews IndexClick here to go to our links to movie sitesContact us at Festivale

Movie images, sounds, and video clips are solely owned by their respective companies.
No other uses are permitted without the prior written consent of owner.
Use of the material in violation of the foregoing may result in civil and/or criminal penalties.


Festivale Online Magazine
Celebrate everything!

ISSN 1328-8008
Published in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
disclaimers | contact the editor | Festivale revision history

: Published in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia : copyright © Festivale 1997-2016 All rights reserved
Filed: 26-Sep-1997 : Last tested: 3-Jul-2014: Last Compiled: 21-Dec-2015
Entire site refreshed: Dec 2008-Feb 2009 | Site URL transferred: Jan 2005 (previously www.festivale.webcentral.com.au)

Report a bug

upcoming movie releasesIndex of movie reviewscontents of current issueA Reel Life movie section