When food critic Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) learns that her best friend and ex-lover, sportswriter Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney), is getting married to Kimmy Wallace (Cameron Diaz), she realises she wants to be more than just friends after all and vows to sabotage the wedding.
Thwarted in her initial efforts, she resorts to more underhand methods when she introduces her gay friend George (Rupert Everett) as her fiancé.
This sparkling comedy proved to be a career-resurrecting movie for Julia Roberts, and for once she plays someone who may not get the guy.
What makes this film work so well is that it’s not just The Julia Roberts Show. While she does the bumbling, adorable routine she’s best at, the stunning Diaz and superb Everett battle it out for best supporting performance (and both win).
You’ll cry with laughter when you watch Everett serenade Roberts (in a crowded restaurant) with I Say a Little Prayer. Terrific stuff.
M Emmet Walsh
P J Hogan