Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.
The rules are as follows:
- The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
- The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before
Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
I’ve reached the halfway point of 90 from the ’90s and today’s choice is the Julia Roberts-starring rom com, My Best Friend’s Wedding. I’ve chosen this movie today because a.) I’ve never watched it before (obviously) and b.) Rupert Everett is in it, so it has an LGBT connection, which ties into the fact that today in the UK it’s the final day of Manchester Pride weekend.
You see, sometimes I put thought into these things.
Anyway, I’ve never seen My Best Friend’s Wedding, despite having ample opportunities. The reason? It’s never appealed.
I am married, but I’m not a ‘wedding-y’ kind of guy, so I don’t tend to watch movies about people getting married and/or weddings. Also, I can take or leave romantic comedies.
As for what I know about this movie, well, I believe Julia Roberts spends the majority of the film trying to break up a wedding. I know Rupert Everett features in the film and I presume someone gets married at some point, but beyond that I don’t know much else.
Let’s see how this plays out…
*Clicks the play button*
1min – Oh, this is starting with some kind of musical number. I like musical numbers. Musical numbers can be all empowering and bad ass. This one is about getting married and… about becoming some bloke’s wife? Yeah, this isn’t really an empowering song.
2mins – Out of interest, do people dream about getting married? According to movies and TV, they do, but I’m not so sure. Weddings are great and all, but do people really dream about them? I tend to dream about things I’d like to eat for lunch. Is that weird?
6mins – Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett are discussing Julia Roberts’ love life. Apparently she made a pact with her best friend (Dermot Mulroney) that if they are both single by the time they reach 28, they’ll marry each other. Hang on a minute – isn’t Rupert Everett her best friend? She’s acting as though he is?
7mins – Poor Rupert Everett, he’s just been downgraded in the friendship department. He seems to be taking it well.
9mins – Oh and now a discovery for Julia Roberts. She’s just discovered that her best friend (who isn’t Rupert Everett) has met someone and plans to get married in four days! Not sure what she’s more worried about – the idea that her best friend is getting married and she’s only just found out, or the fact that she’s likely to remain a spinster now her marriage pact has gone to pot?!
9mins 30secs – Some best friend. Dermot Mulroney is getting married in four days and only now is he telling BFF, Julia Roberts.
10mins – Julia Roberts is so angry/upset over this whole situation that she has decided to wreck Dermot Mulroney’s wedding. Hmm… she’s not winning any best friend points here either.
11mins – Er… Dermot Mulroney is getting married to Cameron Diaz. Yeah, good luck breaking this wedding up, Julia. You might as well just move on with your life. Oh and GET A NEW BEST FRIEND. I hear Rupert Everett is looking for a new friend. Apparently he thought he had one but then found out she was just stringing him along.
30mins – For the last 20 minutes, Julia Roberts has been working through her plan to ruin the wedding. So far, it’s not working.
33mins – Oh, now it is working. Cameron Diaz is crying. We have tears. We have tears.
34mins – Yeah, the tears went away. The plan failed. Time for plan number two…
35mins – Julia Roberts has drafted in Rupert Everett to help her wreck this wedding.
36mins – Hmm… let me get this right. Julia Roberts treats Rupert Everett like her best friend, but she doesn’t regard him as her best friend – that spot is reserved for Dermot Mulroney. Thing is, she wants to ruin Dermot Mulroney’s life, by breaking up his wedding to Cameron Diaz, demonstrating that she’s not really his best friend at all! Meanwhile, the non-best friend that is Rupert Everett, has dropped everything he’s doing in order to help Julia Roberts ruin a wedding, even though she wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire?! OK, so I added that last bit, but I feel it’s a valid statement. Either way, Rupert Everett is clearly her best friend.
37mins – Maybe Julia Roberts should reassess who her best friend really is. Come on Julia, the balls in your court now. Do the right thing.
41mins – Julia Roberts has just admitted that Rupert Everett IS her best friend. FINALLY, she tells the truth! She’s not a horrible person at all…
42mins – Oh wait, scratch that. She’s now telling Dermot Mulroney that she’s engaged to Rupert Everett! You have no shame, Julia Roberts. No shame! Plus he’s gay.
50mins – Julia continues her web of lies, but for the moment there’s another musical number. It’s a bit random, but as stated earlier, I like musical numbers so I’m fine with it. Plus, it gives me a break from all of the lies. THE LIES, JULIA! THE LIES!
1hr – More lies.
1hr 5mins – And now the lies have been replaced with sadness. And smoking. I have no sympathy.
1hr 6mins – Paul Giamatti cameo!
1hr 6mins 30secs – Julia Roberts is sassing Paul Giamatti. When will this woman’s reign of terror end?!
1hr 7mins – On a separate note, which has nothing to do with this movie, I’ve just eaten five flapjacks. This is an excessive amount of flapjacks to eat in one day. I felt I needed to get this off my chest. Ordinarily this kind of situation would make me feel very guilty about what I’ve just done; but then I think about how Julia Roberts is trying to wreck a wedding and suddenly I don’t feel so bad.
1hr 12mins – Somehow, Julia Roberts has managed to convince Dermot Mulroney not to get married.
1hr 15mins – Cameron Diaz is upset again.
1hr 17mins – Some more singing and now Dermot Mulroney has decided he DOES want to get married. Bloody hell, make your mind up!
1hr 19mins – With all her plans now out of the window, Julia Roberts is desperate and is going for the only thing she has left – her sex appeal. She’s just told Dermot Mulroney that he should marry her instead of Cameron Diaz, and she’s kissed him! She’s kissed him. Although, to be fair, it’s not like he’s not slipping her the tongue too. Shady bastards, the pair of them.
1hr 20mins – Cameron Diaz is crying. AGAIN!
1hr 21mins – Harry Shearer cameo!
1hr 32mins – After much toing and froing and more tears from Cameron Diaz, the wedding is finally back on. And you know what this means? Yep, even more tears from Cameron Diaz! This time, tears of joy.
1hr 33mins – Julia Roberts is giving a speech at the wedding and Cameron Diaz is OK with this. WHY?! Personally, I’d have dragged her out of the marquee by her hair. At the very least, she would not be getting any wedding cake.
1hr 35mins – Another musical number and now everyone is crying. Except me. I’m dead inside. This could be the most beautiful wedding in film history and I wouldn’t shed a tear. I am devoid of emotion.
1hr 36mins – With Cameron Diaz and Dermot Mulroney now married all that’s left is for Mulroney to hug Julia Roberts to signal that everything is cool and their friendship has survived. No doubt he’s squeezing her bum and giving her the eye too. He totally knows he can have a bit on the side with her once he’s back from his honeymoon. The rat bastard. Oh, they may not be implying this, but let’s be honest it’s gonna happen.
1hr 39mins – The movie comes to an end with Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett dancing. Everett has turned up at the wedding to check on Roberts, because that’s what best friends do. You hear that, Roberts – that’s what best friends do!
Yeah, it was alright I guess.
The main problem with My Best Friend’s Wedding is that the premise centres around the idea that Julia Roberts is trying to ruin someone’s happiness, which is not something that I want to root for. Plus, Dermot Mulroney is really bland, so I’m not sure why he’d attract either Julia Roberts or Cameron Diaz in the first place.
As stated earlier, I’m not big on rom coms, but I guess this was OK-ish. The soundtrack was quite good so I’ll simply say it was watchable.
Now, I wonder if I have room for a sixth flapjack?
Don’t judge me. At least I’m not trying to wreck a wedding!
- Read: Part 46
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Graveyard Shift (1990), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Striptease (1996), Indecent Proposal (1993), My Girl 2 (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Poison Ivy (1996), Body of Evidence (1993), Turbulence (1997), Fatal Instinct (1993), True Romance (1993), Newsies (1992), Contact (1997), The Pelican Brief (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), Quigley Down Under (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992), Friday (1995), Mannequin on the Move (1991), She’s All That (1999), Double Dragon (1994), Stay Tuned (1992), Murder at 1600 (1997), Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Wagons East (1994), In the Line of Fire (1993), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume (1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk (1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).