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
At the baseball game, when Ike first comes up to Maggie and Peggy's row, behind and to the right of them is a blond-haired woman talking every so often to a black guy. Halfway through the scene, there is a different black guy talking to the same blond-haired woman (although he is wearing the same clothes as the other one). See more »
[Mrs. Whittenmeyer refuses to sell a wedding gown to Maggie]
You sell wedding dresses, right?
Yes, I've been selling wedding gowns for thirty-five years.
Wonderful! Because we are here to buy one! But not just any one.
[points to a gown in the window]
She wants "that" one!
It's a thousand dollars!
Listen, Aunt Bea! Conversation has never worked for me, let's try "visual."
[jumps into the window and pulls the mannequin down, knocking its wig off]
We're buying the dress! And anything else she wants!
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After all of the credits have run, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are seen throwing snowballs. See more »
When I first saw this movie, following the wonderful "Notting Hill," I was less than thrilled. However, I have watched and watched and watched "Runaway Bride" and it really is a witty romance. What is particularly poignant about the film is the chemistry between Gere and Roberts. Though it seems very fast, it is completely natural for fans of "Pretty Woman," who saw these two fall in love a decade earlier.
Roberts is wonderful in this movie. She is completely comfortable, natural, and highly believable as the spunky Maggie Carpenter. Gere is cocky, weathered, and attractive as the misguided Ike Graham. The plot is predictable, but the first act is snappy and the climax is well-done. It may not please most people on the first run, but rent it again and you'll begin to see the subtleties that make it great.
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