The Runaway Bride marks the reunion of Pretty Woman stars Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, and actor Garry Marshall. While The Runaway Bride may not be a classic like Pretty Woman (which I haven't seen in a very, very long time), it does provide some entertaining moments.
Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are good together again. Both the acting and jokes are rather subtle (most of them), although the scene with the little boy being pulled behind Roberts' wedding gown and the Fed-Ex joke were great in more direct terms. One of the funniest characters was the Grandma and Gere's chief editor. On the other hand, Roberts got annoying at times. Her change in moods were somewhat abrupt and one of the most annoying scenes was where the football tacklers push her down the field, and she gives a surprised, then hysterical laugh.
Roberts latest fiancée is pretty funny, but it didn't seem that his character was introduced as the nauseatingly obsessed sports person at the beginning.
The story was rather stupid. Somehow, Gere is going to be able to turn his article on "The Runaway Bride" into a cover story and so he travels to the small town to meet her. For some reason, she lets her arch enemy who broadcasted her pathetic-ness to the entire nation follow her around. And, of course, they fall in love. And - WARNING: STORY SPOILER - She runs off at the wedding, makes a complete fool of Gere on national TV, and he then forgives her.
The thought of Runaway Bride may be a little outlandish and the comedy may come in spurts, but the funny characters and the rejoining of Gere and Roberts make it a suitable movie.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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