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Runaway Bride (1999)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 30 July 1999 (USA)
A reporter is assigned to write a story about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar.

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Ike Graham has his own by-lined column in USA Today, which he usually uses as a forum to rail against the opposite sex. For his latest column which he writes at the last minute as usual, he, based on some information from a stranger in a bar about a woman he knows of back home, includes the story of still single Hale, Maryland residing Maggie Carpenter, who is known as the "Runaway Bride" since she has been engaged multiple times, but always leaves her betrothed standing at the altar. Because an incensed Maggie complains to the newspaper for factual inaccuracies in her story, Ike is fired, but he realizes that the story still has some life in it and thus decides to go to Hale to do further investigation. He finds that Maggie is again engaged, now for the fourth time, this time to high school football coach and adventurist Bob Kelly, who is confident enough in himself to know he will be different than the previous three grooms. When Maggie finds out that her arch enemy Ike is in town, ... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG for language and some suggestive dialogue | See all certifications »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,055,556 (USA) (30 July 1999)

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$152,149,590 (USA) (7 January 2000)
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In the softball game scene, Joan Cusack wears a "Peaches" baseball cap, a reference to A League of Their Own (1992) which was directed by Penny Marshall (director Garry Marshall's sister) and which co-starred Ann Cusack (Joan's sister). See more »

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When Bob leaves the church, he thrusts the doors open, and they begin to swing shut. But when Maggie follows him out the door, the doors are propped open. See more »

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Maggie Carpenter: Gill, I am really afraid of needles, but that doesn't make me a bad person...
Dead Head Gill: Look...
[Gill shows her his rose tattoo on his chest]
Ike Graham: [in a surfer-dude voice] Look, look! I think this man is heart broken!
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Cute and mildly entertaining romantic comedy
18 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm normally a huge Julia Roberts fan and while I found this romantic comedy entertaining enough, it cannot compare with her fabulous earlier movie, Pretty Woman, also starring Richard Gere. Nor did I care for it as much as her other comedy romances (most notably Notting Hill) or most of the Meg Ryan ones, especially Sleepless in Seattle.

The story revolves around a lovely young woman, Maggie Carpenter, who has left a series of three would be grooms partway through their wedding ceremony. A reporter named Ike Graham gets fired after writing an exaggerated article of half truths on her story, so to salvage his career, he travels to her small hometown, where he attempts to ferret out her true tale and get the scoop on her upcoming fourth nuptials. Needless to say, Ike does not prove very popular with his journalistic subject, Maggie, as he harasses her family & friends for info. However, he begins to feel protective of her when townsfolk mock her track record of jilting her fiancé at the altar.

Julia Roberts is invariably appealing & sympathetic in her roles, and typically this proves true in her portrayal here of Maggie. Richard Gere is competent as the journalistic vulture, Ike. I don't fault the lack of chemistry as much as the story, which simply isn't as good as Pretty Woman.

Of course romantic comedies are never exactly bastions of realism, but this tale where such a young woman has already run away from three weddings and is now embarking upon number four, really seems too far fetched even for this genre. One would suspect that any prospective groom would be quite leery by now, and why does Maggie keep planning these gala ceremonies if she suspects she might ultimately get cold feet? All in all, it's a cute, light hearted, & entertaining movie with some good scenes, but definitely not the best of its genre. For sure, it lacks the magic of Pretty Woman but judge this one on its own merits.


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