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Comedy - Romantic

The Runaway Bride (1999)

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A reporter picks up a story about a woman who is a serial runaway from the alter, but gets some of it wrong, resulting in firstly him being sacked, and secondly going to the small town where th events have occurred so that he can write the correct tale. When he gets there he finds that Maggie, the errant bride, is about to be married, yet again, to Bob the local college football coach, and so he has a close-up of events.  But the job brings the reporter and Maggie closer; what is happening?


Lots of folksy stuff in the small town as everyone seems to be involved in one way another in the forthcoming wedding, so meetings with the family in their house, the friends in their places of work and the former bridegrooms who have been left at the altar. Rehearsals for the wedding in the church and then a very lengthy third act after Maggie yet again bolts from the church. Almost nothing to offend apart from a few rude words from grandma (you’d have to listen out for them).

A View As we now know, after viewing multiple movie of all sorts, romantic comedy is very difficult to pull off, but this outing almost makes it. It is actually not a follow-up to Pretty Woman, being made nine years later. The cast is pretty charming, and although I kept wondering how they could keep it going for two hours, it was quite watchable, and does not require you to pay too much attention.
Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Garry Marshall
Writers/Script Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriot
Starring Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack, Hector Elizondo, Rita Wilson, Paul Dooley, Christopher Meloni, Laurie Metcalf
Additional Info This movie had apparently been in development for 10 years with many well known actors being attached at times in both the male and female leads.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels



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