Currently marks the 20th birthday of 1997 strike ‘My Most effective Friend’s Wedding’. One particular author – and long-time Julia Roberts enthusiast – argues its protagonist is at best egocentric, at worst heartless . Warning: Major SPOILERS AHEAD…
Total disclaimer: I adore Julia Roberts.
I adore her significant, bouncy auburn curls. Her penchant for putting on outsized men’s Armani suits in the nineties (and, definitely, anything at all she wore for the duration of this decade). I adore her nuanced performances in countless movies – irrespective of whether taking part in genuine-life girl boss Erin Brockovich or a intricate Hollywood star in Notting Hill.
BUT there is one particular role in specific from the Oscar-winner that niggles me…
It’s Sunday evening. Me and my best pal come to a decision we want to check out a ‘classic ‘90s fave’. My Most effective Friend’s Wedding it is then. 1 hour and 27 minutes later and it’s unquestionably not the feel-great display screen expertise I remembered in my teenagers. More than enough time experienced evidently lapsed to erase the assumed of just how painstakingly dreadful Julia Roberts’ character, Julianne ‘Jules’ Potter, is in it. In numerous methods, she is an solely relatable human – a feisty foods author who is job-pushed (yay!) and has not been all that bothered about getting a boyfriend (double yay!) a self-confessed commitment-phobe (we’ve all been there, correct?). It doesn’t matter though, for the reason that she’s received her BFF, Michael, on the back burner, who she’s stayed close with publish-university following she ‘broke his heart’.
The 1st indication of issues? Experiencing a meal with her editor-turned-new-best-pal, George (Rupert Everett), Jules coyly smiles to herself at a pact her and Michael after created: “He explained ‘swear when we’re 28 and we’ve by no means married. We marry each other’” She’s reminded that she’s to switch 28 in a few week’s time. All right, certainly it appears to be a tad extraordinary to be contemplating about ‘I Do’s’ with your bessie for the reason that You’re Just about 30?
But then her program to convey to him she’s just realised she loves him is foiled (momentarily) when Michael tells her he’s engaged (his content-go-lucky fiancée played by a youthful Cameron Diaz). ten minutes into the movie you get the notion: “I have precisely 4 Days to split up a marriage ceremony, steal the brides fella and I have not one particular goddamn notion how to do it,” Jules wails in the car. “He adored ME for goddamn years…ME!” Yeah, yeah we get it Jules, you’re terrific.
She even admits at one particular point: ‘Michael and I had been a completely wrong fit from the start…’ And nonetheless she’s still established on breaking up a flawlessly content marriage. And so, undertaking sabotage starts. There is the lies (“Hey, meet up with my fake boyfriend”…) and large flirting when fiancée isn’t around. But most irritatingly is the Karaoke scene. Jules appreciates Kimmy (Diaz) hates singing in general public, so of course this is the ideal chance to embarrass her in entrance of her beau. Bad transfer #1020303. While at the beginning of the movie Julia Roberts appears assured, unbiased and really fairly funny, she quickly turns into a bully…to get the boy.
She’s no role design, she’s a nightmare.
The movie is not a full permit down though. There is an epic sing-a-long scene to Aretha Franklin (the movie really scored an Oscar nom for Most effective Musical Score). Rupert Everett – who plays Julianne’s confidant / fake boyfriend – is the film’s ethical centre.
The main redeeming component? The Ending. The scheming failed Michael chooses Kimmy. In the movie’s first finale, Julianne satisfies a handsome stranger – John Corbett aka the lovable inside designer in Sex and the Metropolis – and life fortunately ever following. This notion was scrapped though. Instead, she ends up dancing with her pal George at Michael and Kimmy’s marriage ceremony. Just two solitary – entirely platonic – mates laughing and dancing collectively. How incredibly un-Hollywood.
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