Starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts
Though it's not a sequel, this romantic comedy reunites the stars and director of Pretty Woman. Clearly, everyone is hoping that lightning will strike twice . . . Close, but not quite! Here we have the same two actors - actors we all like, actors who are good to look at, actors who work well together, but it just doesn't quite get the job done like you'd expect.
Ike Graham (Gere) - a New York newspaper columnist - writes a female-bashing article about Maggie Carpenter (Roberts) who has left numerous grooms at the altar for unknown reasons. Maggie replies with her own snarly "letter to the editor", which gets Ike fired! - In his defense, he takes a quick little jaunt down to Hale, M.D. (Hometown, USA) and visit the would-be bride who is about to make her fourth attempt at walking down the aisle. He hustles and bamboozles her family, friends, and even her new fiance with his slick city charm. It soon becomes quite obvious that the two combatants are destined for longevity and will eventually find themselves at the altar. But not without a few "ups and downs" along the way!
The small-town setting looks like a postcard, something you only see in the movies. Beautiful countryside scenery. - Gere, the salt-and-pepper heartthrob and handsome as ever, is good . . . but only because of his chemistry with Roberts, who gleams with toothpaste-white confidence in this flick tailored to her talents. Good supporting cast - Maggie's best friend, Peggy "not the ice-skater" Fleming (Joan Cusack) almost steals a few scenes. The movie does have one great line - "Always a bride, and never a bridesmaid" - Cute huh? - Although a little sluggish along the way, Runaway Bride gallops confidently to a satisfying finish !!!
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