My Best Friend's Wedding

  • Review Date: July 24, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

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A poor imitation of a screwball comedy.
  • Review Date: July 24, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Julianne lies and manipulates to break up an engagement, including writing a fake email that hurts Michael. Kimmie speeds, tailgates, and cuts people off in traffic. Julianne steals a truck. A gay man goes in the closet to pretend to be Julianne's fiancé.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Michael kisses Kimmie passionately once and more chastely several times. Julianne and Michael kiss once, even though Michael is engaged. A bridesmaid gets her tongue stuck on an ice sculpture of David.

Language

A few salty phrases and words, including "goddamn," "asshole," "bitch," "hell," "tramp," and "slut."

Consumerism

One mention of the Embassy Suites.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Julianne smokes regularly. Many characters drink beer.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are a few sex jokes and some profanity, including "tramp" and "slut." The film also revives the antiquated notion that women must tear each other down to win the love of a man. It also proffers a version of love that's unrequited, dishonest, and manipulative.

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What's the story?

Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) is a successful but lovelorn food critic who's about to turn 28. Secretly, she's holding on to the dream that she and former flame and best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) will follow through on their grade-school promise to marry each other if they're both still single at 28. But Julianne's dream is dashed when, just weeks from her 28th birthday, Michael calls her to announce his engagement to Kimmie (Cameron Diaz), a 20-year-old socialite who's willing to drop out of school and put her life on hold for the love of a good man. So of course Julianne, suddenly desperate, sets out to stop it. But can she profess her love in time to stop the wedding? And is it too late for a romantic relationship between the two?

Is it any good?

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Anyone who watches reality dating game shows like The Bachelor, Flavor of Love, or Rock of Love -- or bizarre shows like Scott Baio is 45… and Single -- knows that in a world where the goal is to "win" instead of to connect as equals, people race to the lowest common denominator: Men become more superficial and controlling, and women become more desperate and insane. In other words, it's not an example of the way real people fall in love. Unfortunately, MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING takes the same premise to the big screen (or to your DVD player) and creates characters who are just as immature. Julianne's line, "I've got exactly four days to break up a wedding and steal the bride's fella, and I haven't a clue of how to do it" is hilarious, especially the way Roberts delivers it, sucking manically on a cigarette. But the reality of watching Oscar winner Roberts debase herself is painful. And for what? The affections of a dolt who equates subservience with love? One hopes there's more to Julianne's adoration of Michael than his caveman ideas of love and his chiseled features. Unfortunately, the viewer never sees it.

The movie, with its retro-ironic Burt Bacharach remakes and zany score, is meant to be a spoof on the screwball comedies of the 1950s. "We are some glittering Doris Day-Rock Hudson extravaganza," effuses the clearly gay George (the divine Rupert Everett) of his sham engagement to Julianne -- and he's right. The film has all the same, sexist plot points as a 1950s film that's based on the idea that a woman can either have a career or be a devoted wife. And it has the same manic energy of a bad I Love Lucy episode. In the end, everyone deserves better: The fine cast deserves a plot that's less distasteful, men and women deserve depictions of their relationships that are less insulting to everyone involved, Burt Bacharach deserves a better vehicle for his campy and great music, and viewers -- especially young, romantically naïve viewers -- deserve a film that gives a better idea of what love is today.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about definition of love that this movie exerts. What's the difference between a crush and love? Do you think it's real love if it's unrequited? Is the pain of love a good reason to lie and manipulate? What qualities should love bring out in people? It's also a good opportunity for families to talk about how teens can handle romantic feelings about a platonic friend.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 24, 1997
DVD release date:August 28, 2001
Cast:Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts, Rupert Everett
Director:P.J. Hogan
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:105 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:one use of strong language and brief sex-related humor

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Teen, 13 years old Written by9001 April 3, 2010
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14
QUALITY
 

Please note this movie is only rated PG-13 on appeal. Iffy for ages 14-16.

This movie was entertaining, but it wasn't very great. Please note the fact that the movie is only rated PG-13 on appeal - it used to be rated R. Therefore, it contains content some parents may view as R level. There are some references to sex, including uses of the word g*y (more for humor than insult). The language is very strong for a PG-13 movie. The strongest phrase is "He came to f*** me" (that phrase was said by a woman). There is also scattered use of s***, bi***, h***, go*****. If there are any other words, I don't remember them. Overall, mainly due to the use of the F word, I rate this movie iffy for ages 14-16. If the F word wasn't in the movie, I would rate this movie iffy for ages 13-14.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old March 3, 2013
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12
QUALITY
 

Great Movie

My Best Friends Wedding is a good movie. it does have some violence in it and consumerism, but other than that its a good movie. I think its appropriate for kids ages 12 and up but dosnt really send out positive messages to younger kids.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byTotally500 July 4, 2012
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12
QUALITY
 

no words to say...

no words to say but good movie
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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