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Runaway Bride

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Cute romantic comedy OK for most older kids.

Movie PG 1999 116 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Pretty Entertaining, Some sexual dialogue you should know about.

It was enjoyable enough to watch with my sixth grader, but I would have appreciated a "heads up" on the dialogue re: her being afraid of the wedding night and the "one eyed snake". Then she goes on to say she has tamed it already. Otherwise just the curse words already mentioned (a-hole being the worst). Pretty cute, a girl movie mostly.

This title has:

Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.
age 10+
This movie was amazing! It has a great plot and the actors are incredible. It does contain some mature content though, the father of the main character, Maggie Carpenter, has a drinking problem, and there is some cursing. I think that the plot would be a little confusing for younger kids, but older kids will definitely enjoy it!!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

When people say, "They don't make movies like that anymore," this is the kind of movie they mean. It is a fine tribute to those classic 1930s screwball romantic comedies. Roberts and Gere create real screen magic together. Gere displays a previously unsuspected light comic talent that is utterly disarming. Roberts just gets better and better; like the character she plays, she is learning to rise above her "excessively flirtatious energy."

The indispensable Joan Cusack plays Maggie's best friend, utterly supportive despite having to live through four different bridesmaid's dresses. And three cheers for adding a small but genuine dose of psychological insight to give a little bit of substance to the story. Both Ike and Maggie have to learn something about themselves before they can move forward together.

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