Sweet, sexy and sometimes
laugh out loud funny! July 31, 2000
DVD is definitely the way to go on this movie. You will want to
instantly play back all those deliciously romantic scenes where
Maggie Carpenter (played by Julia Roberts) and Ike Graham
(played by Richard Gere) melt the screen with their magical
chemistry. This is a movie for those who want to find their soul
mate, who want to walk on the beach in the rain and who know
that there is one perfect person out there.
The only problem is, we are all human, and like all humans we
have some inherent flaw. For Maggie, it is running from the
altar. She simply cannot go through with the wedding and either
runs, rides a horse or escapes by some other creative means. The
variety with which each wedding scene was played out gave the
movie a feel of intense creativity.
There was more going on in this movie than you would ever
imagine on the first viewing. While I recommend you watch the
movie first, the director Gary Marshall's narration and sense of
humor in the commentary version is not to be missed. You will so
enjoy seeing how the movie was made, what scenes were cut out
and why some of the ideas were carried through the movie, e.g.
the "bell" theme. I literally watched the movie and
then watched it again in the commentary version.
On occasion, you do find a great romantic comedy the whole
family can enjoy. If only more movies were made this way!
Julia's smile and the superbly creative script gave this movie a
good dose of down home appeal. You really would not mind living
in this town, it is so cute. The outdoor scenes are gorgeous and
great effort went into making sure everything looked perfect.
Don't worry about the guys, this movie has plenty of sports
scenes for them and Maggie's fourth husband to be is a sport fan
While being pulled into imagining how Maggie and Ike will get
together, you start to care about the characters. The
development of the characters takes great acting, great writing
and superb directing. This movie has all three. The one part of
the movie I did think was strange was the part where Maggie has
kept all the engagement rings. That to me would not happen too
often in real life, but we women enjoyed seeing them
nonetheless. To be truthful, women have secret desires which are
revealed in parts of this movie. Gary Marshall says in his
commentary that part of a relationship is learning from each
other and becoming a better person. That is what I loved about
this movie. The characters fight for each other, their friends
are there for them through the good and the bad times and they
accept that no one is perfect.
The movie starts out with Maggie literally bolting from her
wedding on a horse and then with Ike Graham trying to finish
writing an article for his newspaper column in New York. He
meets an interesting character who tells him all about a girl
from Hale, Maryland who they call the Runaway Bride. After
reading his column, Maggie writes a witty, humorous letter and
in no time Ike is on the road to her town to get the real story.
Convinced he will catch her running from the next wedding, he
accidently falls under her spell. One of the best lines in the
film is when Maggie is not interested in talking to Ike and
simply says: "I'd love to stay and chat, but I still have
my job." This bantering is so amusing and I loved the
playful scenes, which if you watch all the way to the end of the
credits, you will see another one!
I thought the music was very appropriate for each scene. Yes,
there was some very familiar music, but that made the movie more
fun. There were also a host of familiar actors which gave the
movie a sense of "I know these people!" I loved the
slapstick and the quirky facial expressions of Maggie's best
friend. There are some great "girl talk" moments as
friends tell each other honestly how they feel.
Julia Roberts brings a childlike joy to this movie and her
smile is worth the cost of this DVD! Richard Gere has never
looked better! Then there are also scenes with a cat which to me
shows Ike's sensitive nature. He is not too sensitive however to
stand up for Maggie and also go after what he wants in life.
This is definitely going to be on my list of favorite romantic
comedies. Yes, you might guess the ending...but don't be so
sure. Just when you think the movie is over, it begins again!
Gary Marshall has quite a sense of humor and it shows. I laughed
throughout this movie, I felt what the characters were feeling
and I loved the plot. You won't see everything in the first
viewing, so I highly recommend watching the commentary version.