Taglines: It’s about finding the love of your life. And deciding what to do about it.
A woman realizes that friends can be lovers, but now has to convince the friend in question in this romantic comedy. Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney) and Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) were romantically involved in college, and after breaking up, they have managed to remain close friends. For years, Julianne and Michael have had a pledge that if both were single when they turned 28, they would get married.
Shortly before her 28th birthday, Julianne is lamenting the sad state of her love life when she gets a call from Michael, who announces that he has important news. Julianne is convinced that Michael is going to ask her to marry him, and she is crestfallen when he announces that he’s engaged to Kimmy Wallace (Cameron Diaz). Kimmy seems like the perfect woman for Michael; she’s sweet, pretty, bright, and adores Michael, and her wealthy family is just as fond of him as she is.
But now that Julianne has realized how much she loves Michael, she’s not about to give him up without a fight — and isn’t afraid to fight dirty. Julianne’s uneasy ally in the battle for Michael’s affections is her friend and editor George Downes (Rupert Everett), a cheerfully out-of-the-closet homosexual who is not prepared when Julianne asks him to pose as her boyfriend.
My Best Friend’s Wedding is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by P.J. Hogan, starring Julia Roberts. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and was a global box-office hit. It is considered as one of the best and classic romantic comedy films of all time. The soundtrack song “I Say a Little Prayer (For You)” was covered by singer Diana King and featured heavily in the film, making it a Billboard Top 100 hit. The soundtrack featured a number of Burt Bacharach/Hal David songs.
The film opened at No. 2 at the North American box office, making $21,678,377 USD in its opening weekend, behind Batman & Robin. It stayed in the top 10 weekly U.S. box-office for six consecutive weeks, and eventually earned $127,120,029. The worldwide gross total stands at $299,288,605 (listed as one of the 10 biggest films of 1997 both domestically and worldwide).
Cast and Characters
Julia Roberts as Julianne Potter, a 27-year-old food critic who realizes she’s in love with her best friend Michael and tries to win him back after he decides to marry someone else.
Dermot Mulroney as Michael O’Neal, Julianne’s best friend and a sportswriter who is engaged to Kimmy Wallace.
Cameron Diaz as Kimberly “Kimmy” Wallace, Michael’s fiance who comes from a rich family.
Rupert Everett as George Downes, Julianne’s gay friend, editor and the comic relief who pretends to be engaged to Julianne to make Michael jealous.
Philip Bosco as Walter Wallace, husband of Isabelle, father of Kimmy, and future father-in-law of Michael. He is a rich businessman who owns the Chicago White Sox baseball team.
M. Emmet Walsh as Joe O’Neal, father of Michael and Scotty O’Neal and future father-in-law of Kimmy. He suggested that Julianne be Michael’s best man, but had to go with Scotty instead.
Rachel Griffiths as Samantha Newhouse, twin sister of Mandy and one of Kimmy’s bridesmaids.
Carrie Preston as Mandy Newhouse, twin sister of Samantha and one of Kimmy’s bridesmaids.
Susan Sullivan as Isabelle Wallace, wife of Walter, mother of Kimmy, and future mother-in-law of Michael.
Christopher Masterson as Scotty O’Neal, youngest son of Joe and younger brother of Michael and future brother-in-law of Kimmy. He serves as his brother’s best man at his wedding.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Directed by: P.J. Hogan
Starring: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Rose Abdoo, Susan Sullivan, Rachel Griffiths, Carrie Preston, Kelleia Sheerin, Jennifer Garrett
Screenplay by: Ronald Bass
Production Design by: Richard Sylbert
Cinematography by: László Kovács
Film Editing by: Garth Craven, Lisa Fruchtman
Costume Design by: Jeffrey Kurland
Set Decoration by: William Kemper Wright, Andrea Mae Fenton
Art Direction by: Karen Fletcher Trujillo
Music by: James Newton Howard
MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for one use of strong language and brief sex-related humor.
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: June 20, 1997