Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.
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
When Ike is setting down to dinner with Maggie and her family, they are eating crabs and Ike and Maggie's father are discussing the weddings. Ike looses grip on his mallet and it goes flying across the room behind him. In the next scene it shows Maggie's father looking at where Ike would have been sitting while talking but Ike is shown still up from the table retrieving his mallet and not at the table at all. 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 »
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
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
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