Runaway Bride (1999) - Review

by - January 03, 2019

Synopsis: A reporter is assigned to write a story about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar.

Catch Her If You Can

Ike Graham (Richard Gere), a columnist known for his "bitter diatribes about women", writes a piece on a small town woman, Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts), who has left several men at the altar, thus being labeled 'the runaway bride'. His story is littered with factual inaccuracies, causing him to be fired. In an effort to restore his reputation, he travels to Hale, Maryland to write a more in-depth piece on Maggie as she attempts her fourth walk down the aisle.

This movie is littered with rom-com tropes (shout out to Christopher Meloni as the Disposable Fiance!), but that's what makes it so fun. The trifecta of Gere, Roberts and Garry Marshall strikes gold again, and while this movie does have its issues (such as Ike telling Maggie that she doesn't want men telling her what she wants while telling her what she really wants), I feel it's less problematic than Pretty Woman. It's pure fluff that goes off the rails in the third quarter of the movie, but is still entertaining enough that you're willing to ignore the little voice in the back of your head that says 'none of this has any basis in reality'.

Predictable, but fun and romantic. Really, it's worth it just to watch the montage of Maggie leaving her first three fiances at the altar. She probably should have realized marriage is not really a prize and not something she needed to strive for, but rom-coms being rom-coms, of course, they needed to end up together so she could overcome her 'fear' of walking down the aisle to the perfect (I use that lightly) man.

Oh, and Joan Cusack is almost always a bonus in every movie she's in.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack, Christopher Meloni, Rita Wilson, Hector Elizondo
Rated: PG
Directed by: Garry Marshall
Watched: 10.18.2018
Fun Facts:
- Maggie's 'platypus face' she makes for Peggy was added into the movie after Garry Marshall saw her do it for his grandchildren.
- Julia Roberts was against doing sequels to Pretty Woman, or any of her movies and would only do Runaway Bride if it was a stand-alone story. She broke this rule for 2004's Ocean's Twelve.
- Richard Gere did not like the small town where the movie filmed and opted to stay in a hotel fifteen miles away instead.
Notable Song: Ready to Run by The Dixie Chicks

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