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      28.05.2014 20:10
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      A feel good film that needs to stop being compared to Pretty Woman

      Let me start off by saying that just because of the fact this film stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere it does not mean that people should be going into this film expecting another Pretty Woman as this is a completely separate film and should be considered as such.

      The film sees Julia Roberts playing Maggie Carpenter who has become very well known for her fear of going down the aisle with her having left 3 men at the altar already which has led to her having become known to the tabloids and media as "The Runaway Bride". When a columnist named Ike Graham (played by Richard Gere) writes a piece with several inaccuracies he ends up losing his job and in an attempt to rebuild his reputation decides to travel to Hale, Maryland in order to try to meet Maggie and write an article based on the facts. When he arrives he finds that Maggie is in the process of preparing for her next shot at walking down the aisle but when Ike begins to ask around her friends and the townsfolk to try to get the fullest picture he can of Maggie and the legend she becomes very frustrated and worried about the article to come but is this all a front for someone really worrying about their upcoming wedding?

      The film is a well worked story that manages to have funny moments and work off the chemistry between Julia Roberts and Richard Gere well in order to deliver a feel good film that whilst not amazing will still manage to entertain. Many people go in to this film believing that due to having the same main actors as Pretty Woman it should be achieving the same standards and level which is something you simply can''t go into this film feeling as it is a completely different entity that needs to be judged on what it delivers instead of being compared to a movie many love.

      Overall this is a good film that delivers on the feel good factor and has great chemistry between its main stars so is very much worth a watch.

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      15.04.2012 13:46
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      Great ending and a heart warming tale or meeting the right person...eventually

      Runaway Bride is the second film starring both Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, made in 1999 a whole ten years after the pretty woman partnership by the same director Garry Marshall. This was actually made instead of a pretty woman sequel though is a completely story!

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      Ike Graham works in New York for his ex wife Ellie (Rita Wilson) as a reporter. He writes articles for a papr basically about women and his opinions on them and dating and so on...to which he isnt really all that liked by the women folk for lol. He hears a story in a bar one night after having no inspiration on an article to write from a man about a woman in Hale, Maryland (a small community way out yonder) about a lady called Maggie Carpenter who leaves lots of men at the alter and later gets the name the runaway bride.

      Ike, without meeting her or knowing all the facts prints a story about Maggie, full of halftruths and lots of things that really arnt true after taking the man in the bars word for it which leads to him being sacked. Annoyed, Ike later gets the thumbs up from Ellies husband Fisher (Hector Elizando who played the porter role in Pretty woman) to go try to prove he's right so off he goes.

      In the meantime the reason he's got sacked was because of Maggie. She wrote a leter to the paper and got an apoloogy, Ike turns up and it doesn't take long for her and her friends to work out who Ike is with his polished shoes and snappy city dress.

      Maggie doesn't want to know Ike but Ike is determined to get to the truth of who she is and to prove shes a man eater, Maggie though is preparing to actually marry this time as she knows she has issues and thats why she has run away from three previous marriages. This time the lucky man is football coach Bob (Christopher Meloni).

      As Ike delves into Maggies life, even seeing the three previous wedding tapes where she runs and talks to her friends and family about Maggie (even they like him) he cant help but like her. Will Maggie marry though or run as she always has don? Will chemistry provail between her and Ike and will their ever be a wedding...watch and find out cos Im not spoiling it for you!

      My Verdict:

      This is one of my favourite films of all times. Its so reminiscent of pretty woman albeiit a differenct story. Richard Gere is one sexy man and his acting skills are superb. Julia Roberts plays Maggie with a sensitivity and a quirkiness only she can and I really did warm to her character which is complex. The musics good, the actings good and I wont lie it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the end coming from a mile off but its a lovely mix of laugh out loud moments and an ending I was begging in my head to happen and for that reason this dvd has a very well deserved place in my ever growing dvd collection! A lovely film and one for the family this one even though its pg rated, I dont know why it is lol.

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        12.06.2011 18:20
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        wouldn't recommend it

        I bought this film from amazon the other day because it always seems to be on those lists of the greatest chick flicks of all times etc, so I thought it seemed like it might a good watch and I'd follow the recommendations, especially since it has Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in who were so great together in Pretty Woman. It came a while after Pretty Woman since this film was made in 1999 whereas Pretty Woman was made in 1990 so they waited a while before teaming up again!

        The plot is pretty simple. As the title suggests it revolves around a 'runaway bride.' Julia Roberts plays Maggie Carpenter who is unlucky in love. Her relationships have always ended up unsuccessful, as she has never managed to get down the aisle. She has earned quite a reputation for this after jilting three men at the altar. Onto her fourth with the wedding coming up she attracts media attention and Ike, played by Richard Gere, is a New York journalist who comes down to try and find out the truth about this runaway bride, hoping to get an elusive interview with her. Will he get it? Will she finally get married?

        While it fit the typical chick flick image of a simple plot that wasn't particularly confusing, this wasn't a good thing in this case as it was totally too simple. Nothing seemed to happen and it just didn't seem to hold my attention, and even after not really watching it I could predict the apparent plot twists. When I turned it off I was totally unimpressed, this film definitely did not live up to its hype and I'm disappointed in these actors after Pretty Woman! However, saying that the actors did retain some of their chemistry from Pretty Woman and you could tell that they went quite well together, it seemed rather genuine, it just didn't have as much of the spark as it did previously - but if different actors had done it, the film would have been a lot worse!

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          25.05.2010 13:06
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          Doesn't repeat Pretty Womans sucess

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          Julia Roberts secured her place in RomCom history in 1990 when her prostitute character fell for a smart businessman in Pretty Woman. Although there's been the odd exception, she hasn't strayed far from what made her successful and 1999 film Runaway Bride reunites her with her co-star of her most famous movie Richard Gere and director Garry Marshall.

          When New York journalist Ike Graham gets sacked after writing a story about a bride who has jilted three potential husbands at the alter that wasn't entirely truthful, he goes in search of runaway bride Maggie Carpenter in order to write a fact based report on why she can't make it down the aisle and to see if it'll be fourth time lucky with fiancée Bob.

          The story is a little far fetched because it's quite unbelievable that she would agree to go forward with another wedding after three failed attempts. I did think Maggie was likable enough despite her bad history with weddings though. After Ikes first visit she does seem a little resentful of him invading her privacy and he annoys her even more because he gets on with all her family and friends.

          There are some quite funny scenes; I especially liked the ones with Maggie and her ex-fiancés. Maggie tries to warn them that a journalist will be poking about only to find Ike already there talking freely with her exes. Although what she has done to them isn't nice, she hasn't done it maliciously and she didn't mean to hurt their feelings.

          Its obvious at first that Ike is only there to get the dirt on Maggie in order to clear his name but as there relationship progresses, they realise they have feelings for one another and despite their best efforts they can't seem to stay away.

          As with a lot of films in this genre, the story takes a predictable turn and has a happy ending but the journey itself is enjoyable enough and although there are no twists and turns along the way I found this a pleasant enough experience. I just felt something was missing; it had the right ingredients to be great but just didn't seem to get it quite right.

          I do think director Marshall has tried to hard here to recreate the formula that made Pretty Woman so successful but by doing so has sort of forgotten to make it plausible. Pretty Woman was a great film but just because you bring together the same director and actors doesn't mean it will be a success, especially if the script isn't up to scratch.

          The quaint town Maggie lives in is very suitable for this type of film; it's typical of what you imagine a small American community to be where everyone knows everyone and they all get along. The only problem is that Maggie's previous fiancées all still live in the area and I think the town would realistically have turned against her, not embraced her for hurting so many of the eligible young men.

          Julia Roberts exerts her encapsulating smile several times in this film and reminds us why she is one of the hottest RomCom actresses around. She seems to have a natural ability to make her characters likable regardless of their shortcomings and is always natural on screen, making her easy to watch.

          Richard Gere is a little stiff at times and although his character was only trying to clear his name I didn't think Gere succeeded in making him half as likable as Maggie. He was attractive enough to play opposite her but I just didn't believe his emotional attachment to Maggie, making their supposed feelings somewhat hard to accept.

          My favourite character was Maggie's best friend Peggy played by Joan Cusack; she really added a cynical sense of humour that definitely managed to lighten the mood and ensure the film didn't fall totally flat.

          Runaway Bride is certainly not one of Julia Roberts's best films; her character was somewhat unbelievable, her leading man was quite boring and the script a bit too predictable even for this kind of thing. It's worth a watch on the telly but I wouldn't waste money buying the DVD. If you do feel you'd like to buy this it is currently available on Amazon for £2.99 with free delivery and is a certificate 12.

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            01.10.2009 11:38
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            Maggie Carpenter is walking down the aisle for her fourth wedding will she succeed in doing so

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            "I guarantee that we will have tough times and I guarantee that at some point one or both of us will want to get out but I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine I'll regret it for the rest of my life, for I know in my heart you are the only one for me". - Runaway Bride

            Runaway Bride, is another film of Garry Marshall and starring his "Pretty Woman" cast with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts and Hector Elizondo. This is a film I have particularly liked not that I can equal it to "Pretty Woman" which had a different plot but it definitely has its stand in the romantic genre.

            Plot:

            Ike Graham (Richard Gere) is a columnist who has no idea on what to write next, from the suggestion of a stranger, he writes a column on Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) who has run away from three wedding ceremonies and is now attempting her fourth walk down the aisle. However due to Ike's chauvinistic and untruthful facts, he loses his job and is forced to go to Hale to get a real insight on the real Maggie Carpenter. The question still remains "will Maggie finally get married or will she remain on the run?"

            I have absolutely loved this film it is simple and does not have this complex plot some films sometimes have, in fact since the beginning of the film, you can somehow expect the ending and being Garry Marshall, I already expected the comedy. Julia Roberts still has the same likeness to her character in "Pretty Woman" this same appearance of naiveness that shouts for protection.

            Richard Gere is perfect in the role of the too busy to care man of the world chauvinist and gradually throughout the film he changes and gets a depth that changes his perception of life and re-establishes his goals. Once more the chemistry between Roberts and Gere bears no complaint, they complete themselves with two defined styles, Julia Roberts being the exuberant fragile woman and Richard Gere bearing this male tranquil charm and charisma. Both Ike and Maggie will throughout the film learn of their own respective drawbacks and in the end discover the real "them" and that is what i like with Garry Marshall's film, he always show a route to self-esteem and renewal of the soul.

            The supporting cast made the film what it is, for sometimes you have great film' plots but with very bad supporting cast which makes the film end up dull. I was enchanted by Joan Cusack' enacting, knowing that she is a very talented actress, I once again got myself proven right, playing the best "weird" friend of the bride, she provided the comic relief in some fairly tense moments.

            The soundtrack is really good, and if you listen to some of the lyrics it really bears a correlation to the actual events in the film. I would recommend the part where, Richard Gere is playing guitar. The dialogues are great and very funny at times.

            Overall "Runaway Bride" is a film I would recommend to anyone, but also I would just say that watching it means not comparing it to "Pretty Woman" which even though had the same crew is another story. It is a great romantic comedy.

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            Cast:
            Julia Roberts- Maggie Carpenter
            Richard Gere- Ike Graham
            Hector Elizondo- Fisher
            Joan Cusack- Penny Flemming

            Directed By: Garry Marshall

            Releasead: July 30, 1999(USA)
            October 8, 1999 (UK)

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              18.07.2009 13:47
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              Maggie Carpenter ran away from the altar several times before...will she do it again?

              There is no beating around the bush for this one. Personally, I was very, very disappointed this highly anticipated movie which was much publicized for being the first movie after Pretty Woman which stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. While I was certainly not expecting a return of Pretty Woman, I was extremely disappointed by the performances of Gere and Roberts. I don't know if it is because I was expecting too much of them, but I was not at all impressed by their acting or dialogue delivery. In addition, the plot has a nice humoristic aspect to it- A bright, witty girl with relationship issues always dumps her fiancés at the altar. Will she do the same to the man she finally and truly falls in love with?


              But I have to say that the producers, directors and the weak acting, as well as certain weak attempts at humor helped into turning the movie in a flop. For example, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere remain stiff and distant towards each other, and there was nothing in their body language which even suggested that Maggie Carpenter and Graham love each other. All they did were deliver dialogues with a bit of facial expressions thrown in. I was really expecting much more from two legends that turned Pretty Woman into such a hit. The dialogue was nice, with enough romanticism and wit, but the delivery was, according to me, clearly pathetic. The actors did not even attempt at genuine feelings or expressions while delivering their lines. In brief, what I am trying to say is that the acting did not match the genuinely nice dialogues.


              For example, there is a scene which depicts Maggie and Graham sitting together with all the townsfolk, including friends and families. Maggie's own father starts off a round of humiliation towards his daughter and everyone join in. Graham protests and tries to intervene in Maggie's favor and everything that he says shows that he genuinely cares for Maggie and feels her pain. However, I think that while the words used were appropriate to the scene, Gere's acting was really, really disappointing, especially considering the importance of this particular scene. Like mentioned above, he did not act, he only delivered lines. I would have expected a little more emotion in the voice, gestures or facial expressions of Graham at that point, but that was not at all how Gere's acting was. In the same way, I was bitterly disappointed by Julia Robert's acting when she proposes Graham. She lacked the wit and depth of emotion of Maggie Carpenter.

              Overall, a very disappointing movie. The plot is nice but it could have been so much better.

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              14.04.2009 17:17
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              Acording to her dad Maggie Carpenter is the fastest running joke.

              Runaway bride (DvD): - Genre- Comedy/ Romantic comedy/bridal comedy- a touch stone movie hit the screen in 1999. Directed by Terry Marshall the director of Pretty woman. This movie is a PG therefore the vast content is suitable for all ages but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.

              Richard Gere plays the character of a dried up reporter named Ike Graham who is following the story of the man eating runaway bride played by Julia Roberts as Maggie Carpenter. But why does this running legend always flee leaving her man at the alter? Will she ever stop running and get married? Is there more between Ike and Maggie than just reporter and reported?

              I found this film very funny and very watchable especially when you just want to sit in relax and have some laughs. Definitely one to add to your collection particularly if you enjoyed watching this on screen couple in pretty woman or Julia Roberts in Notting hill. Run, run and buy it !

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              27.03.2009 09:04
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              I would recommend this funny, romantic film.

              The film follows the life of Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) as she leaves man after man stranded at the aisle (3 at the start of the film, soon to be 4!) giving her the nickname of the Runaway Bride.

              It is also following Ike Graham (Richard Gere), a journalist whose column is failing to draw in the viewers that it used to. On a chance meeting in a bar with a drunk he finds out about the Runaway Bride and decides that this is going to be his next story. Ike begins to prepare his story and seeks out Maggie Carpenter.

              The film then follows Ike & Maggie as Ike gets to known the real reasons behind why Maggie runs and sees her fourth failed wedding (which fails before the big day - I won't say why!) and Maggie gets to know about Ike and his previous failed marriage.

              This film has a really good storyline, quite unique to most general romantic comedy films, it is definitely not something that you hear about everyday.

              It's quite a feel good film and it makes me smile everytime I watch it, even if it is dashed with the odd sad moment or two (nothing too upsetting though).

              I am a typical female I guess, I love a good happy ending, you'll have to watch it yourself to find out what happens with this film though!

              It has a pretty good soundtrack too and my favourite song during the film is Hall & Oates, Maneater.

              I would definitely recommend this film, it's currently available from Amazon.co.uk for the bargain price of £0.01 + postage, it is also available with Pretty Woman brand new for £6.98 with free super saver delivery.

              It's just under 2 hours so does not get too boring either.

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                04.08.2008 23:11
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                average film that had potential

                Runaway bride was released in 1999, and was abit of a flop for richard gere and julia robert fans. Although it did win 6 awards, most surprisingly.

                Pretty woman was the first film the pair starred in, in 1990 and this was a major success, the pair were reunited 9 years later in this film runaway bride.

                The pair were obviously older, although didnt really look much older, especially julia roberts. But this was a strange romantic comedy which featured julia roberts as a woman who always ran away at her weddings. Richard geres part was as a reporter who was given an assignment to write an article about this strange occurance and ultimately ends up falling for her.

                As were many people, this was hoped to be a great film, as the pair had great chemistry in there first film, however in this film the pairs chemistry was stale and stagnant and the storyline was poorly scripted with very few funny parts. It was a real shame as the film had potential to be good, and had a good cast list. Probably my favourite was joan cusack.

                Julia roberts and Richard Gere both acted as best they could given this poor storyline, but it ended unconvincingly and i found the whole movie boring to watch. It was slow going and the humour was lacking in most of the scenes. This was a dissappointing movie and one that i couldnt recommend im afraid.


                If you do decide to buy it however, you can get a copy from amazon or ebay for about £4.

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                  Runaway Bride (1999) - don't bother

                  Every now and then you get a couple of Hollywood stars who make a film for the sake of making a film. This is the feel of Runaway Bride, the 1999 film that reunites director Garry Marshall and stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, the trio that made Pretty Woman a hit in 1990. Sadly, this is nowhere near it.

                  The Plot

                  Ike Graham is a reporter who publishes and article slamming Maggie Carpenter for having a reputation for leaving guys at the altar. Sparks begin to fly when Graham tries to prove he's right and Maggie plots her revenge. Neither are prepared for how their emotions will change during their battle!

                  The Cast and Performances

                  Depsite Gere and Roberts' presence, I did not feel like I was in the company of a couple of good actors here. Perhaps it was a below par plot and a farcical tale, but there were lacklustre performances from the two stars. The support acting from Hector Elizondo and Joan Cusack is miles better than the two leads, and they are a saving grace in the film.

                  My Opinion

                  Well, I think you know what I'm going to say. This passed the time but nothing more. There is a hint of desperation in the performance, and I had the feeling the two leads were trying to recreate the feel of 1990's Pretty Woman, when they combined so well to create a brilliant film. Runaway Bride fails miserably in comparison. It is a comedy, yet I didn't really laugh. I admit, there were a couple of funny moments, but not enough to make me like this film. The plot plods along very predictably, and there is a sense of relief when the film ends, as opposed to a feel of having just watched a good movie.

                  Conclusion

                  Below par all round.

                  I rate this film at 2 stars out of 5. It doesn't get a 1 star rating because I did still watch the whole thing through, and although I had guessed the ending within the first 5 minutes of the film, I was still curious to see what would happen.

                  The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk for £4.97

                  This review may be posted on ciao.co.uk

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                  Excellent film about a reporter who writes about a small town woman who ditches her men at the alter

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                  I am writing a review on the brilliant comedy Runaway Bride starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

                  The Film Itself

                  A journalist played by Richard Gere, trying to get a story starts talking to a man in a bar, he tells him of a woman who ditches men at the alter. She likes to get them all dressed up as grooms before dumping them.
                  So… he’s got a story.
                  He writes a story based on the facts the man in the bar gave him, of how she meets men, gets them to the alter and then rips out their heart and dumps them on their wedding day before their wedding.
                  However, the woman - Maggie Carpenter, he writes about finds out about the story and reports him to his editor, as there were numerous mistakes in his story.
                  The journalist gets fired and wants to find out the full truth so off he goes to the hometown of the woman Hail Maryland to meet the woman.

                  Julia Roberts Plays Maggie Carpenter, the woman who had got a big reputation for always being the bride never the bridesmaid. She works in her father’s store in the center of the town and she has good friends who stand by her through all the troubles she’s had with her weddings.
                  She currently is engaged to Groom number 4 and the wedding is in 2 weeks.
                  Out of the blue a big city reporter comes to her town to meet Maggie, and she recognizes him from his newspaper, so the two have some friction, yet he still follows her everywhere, and is not leaving town until she gets married or maybe doesn’t get married.

                  But the 2 hate each other so much they row every time they meet, He hates her for getting him fired and she hates him for spreading bad rumors.

                  But the 2 even though they can’t stand each other spend so much time together that Sparks fly…


                  My Opinion
                  Awwww I just love this film, I love Julia robbers and Richard Gere working together, I think their great. The 2 of them can pull off this film to perfection. Julia Roberts has got on so many wedding dresses in a lot of her films, she’s so lucky. Cause there the most beautiful dresses.

                  Julia is excellent in this film; Her role is a hard working handy man/woman. She’s not like in any of the other roles where she has to be dressed pretty all the time; she walks around in overalls and can still look gorgeous. Her acting was perfection; she was the girl next-door kinda gal who was pretty as well and nice and kind. You could always tell how she was feeling, and that’s great for the viewers as in some scenes the can understand as it could happen in real life situation.

                  Richard Gere was the older looking rich city man, who stood out like a sore thumb in a small town. He was charming and smiled a lot showing he wasn’t a bad man but in times overly friendly. He was great. Two 2 are great actors together. I loved this film. Brilliant.

                  Some parts were very funny; Julia had me in stitches when she was in her wedding rehearsal. She can’t go through with it.
                  You have t see this film, its definatly a must see I would rate it 5 *****, loved it for years and had to buy the dvd.

                  Hope you enjoy the film and hope my review was any help to you.

                  Thank you for reading Lesley Anne

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                  I haven’t been in the best of health for the last while, but I am getting better. Still, I do tend to have a lot of days when I just don’t feel I have the energy to be cheerful, if that makes sense. Today is one of those days, when, for no real reason, all I really want to do is go huddle in a corner somewhere – once I’ve made it out of bed, of course. Good grief, it sounds like I’m having a second attempt at being a teenager! Nice, cheery start to an op on a romantic comedy, eh?! Anyway, the point of telling you all that is that this morning I started flicking through the hundreds of channels to find something to distract myself for ten minutes while I ate my Rice Krispies. Not my usual breakfast, I’d like to point out, but I bought a box in a fit of nostalgia before remember how bland and unsatisfying they really are. Oops, no offence Mr Kellogg – the trademark ‘snapcrackleandpop’ is still mildly amusing! So, what did I manage to find on my TV screen this morning? Very little, as usual (grief, I am in a right mood this morning, aren’t I?) – even the cartoons (yup, that kind of Sunday morning!) were substandard. Not like when I was a kid, of course!! So I ended up flicking over to the film just about to start, which I’d seen before and knew was light fluff guaranteed not to offend my fuzzy brain. And so on to the film. Runaway Bride was released in 1999, and carried with it a cloud of hype. After almost ten years, the stars (Julia Roberts and Richard Gere) and director (Garry Marshall) of Pretty Woman were to make another (romantic comedy) film together. Oh, and just ‘cos I find this sort of trivia quite interesting, note that this time round, Julia got top billing over Richard. Tells a story or two, doesn’t it?! First point to notice is that this is not – repeat NOT – a sequel to Pretty Woman, that oh so saccharine t
                  ale of a man falling in love with a prostitute with a heart of gold. Don’t get me wrong – if I’m in the right mood, I really quite enjoy Pretty Woman; it’s just the whole issue of prostitution seems a little out of step with the romantic comedy genre. Actually, it’s only fair to you to point out that this is far from being my preferred genre of movie. In fact, usually I would run a mile rather than sit and watch anything billed as ‘romantic’ (the only thing that would get me moving faster would be Angela’s Ashes or similar). Two things made me sit and watch this the first time (and even then, it was on TV and not something I paid to see): the cast, (well, Julia Roberts), and sheer morbid curiosity – after all, by this stage so much had been written attacking this film, I just had to see how bad it really was. So I really went into this film expecting it to be dire. Probably not a bad frame of mind to go into it, actually, as then you can only be proved right – or pleasantly surprised. As I’ve already told you this was my second (full) viewing (I tend to watch snippets of films I’ve already seen now and again – the downfall of having satellite), and you’ve seen my rating, you already know I fell into the latter category this time. Runaway Bride starts off by showing us just that: Julia Roberts, in full wedding outfit, running – or rather riding – away from her groom. It turns out that this is the third man she’s left at the altar, but that still hasn’t put her off: number four is about to chance his luck. With another actress, you might have been left wondering why anyone would take the risk, but Julia is really lovely, and I’m sure if I was a guy I could be drooling a little. As it is, I just wouldn’t mind looking a little more like that myself! Moving from small town to big city, we find Richard Gere is a journa
                  list – Ike Graham – with a daily column in a New York newspaper run by his ex-wife. His life is also far from perfect: for a start, his column has started to become tired and repetitive, and he struggles at the last minute to find ideas. More often than not, he falls back to ranting about women, and today he finds the perfect subject for an attack as a drunken man in bar starts to tell him about Maggie Carpenter, the Runaway Bride. Unfortunately for Ike, Maggie is furious with the less than accurate picture he paints of her, and her letter to the newspaper results in Ike being fired. Seeing only one hope to save his career, Ike sets off to the ‘sticks’ looking for vindication – if Maggie runs from wedding number four, he’ll be there to write the article and prove he wasn’t so far wrong the first time. Thus starts the dance between the two characters in the run-up to Maggie’s wedding. She thinks Ike is trying to make her run, whereas he is convinced she will anyway, and sees her as an example of the female ‘man-eater’ type in general. He ingratiates himself with the local townspeople and Maggie’s family as he tries to ‘dig the dirt’, prove himself right and just generally find out what makes her run away. In the process of this, he really does uncover some interesting observations. Maggie is a woman who is lost in her life, neatly shown by the whole ‘eggs’ topic: with each of her four fiancés, she has claimed to prefer omelette, scrambled, poached or fried eggs – whichever they like. Here is someone who doesn’t know herself, and instead merely tries to be whatever will please most. Of course, such philosophical musings are not why anyone is watching this film! It’s no surprise whatsoever when the hate between the two characters starts to change to – well, you know exactly where that is all going! It starts with building
                  physical attraction between Maggie and Ike, and then he starts to stand up for her; Maggie has become the butt of many jokes in the town. Although meant affectionately, they are no less hurtful, especially coming from close friends and family. “Maggie may not be Hale’s longest running joke,” her dad says, “But she’s certainly the fastest.” With this kind of pressure from those she’s supposed to be closest to, we’re hardly surprised that Maggie is having problems. While the outcome is never anything other than predictably, there is an attempt at putting a bit of a twist in this story. A lot of people have complained about this, but although nothing wonderful it does stop things being a straight jaunt from point A to point B. Of course, I’m not going to just tell you what happens! As for the cast, well, Julia Roberts is a bankable actress – you know what you’re getting, and she doesn’t disappoint. Richard Gere, although not my type (I mean, how old is he?!), manages to ooze charisma – well, he oozes, at any rate! His character does come off quite well, with a nice line in cynical asides, and he is certainly preferable to the list of former fiancés. I found it interesting that neither of the pair looks significantly older (Roberts especially) from Pretty Woman – what is the secret?! The supporting cast is excellent, from newspaper boss Hector Elizondo (who played the concierge in Pretty Woman) who is married to Ike’s ex, Rita Wilson (isn’t she Mrs Tom Hanks?), to Maggie’s various friends and family as played by Joan Cusack and Laurie Metcalf (Jackie in Roseanne) among others. After all my preconceptions, I really did enjoy this film as a bit of light-hearted, charming fluff. It was never going to be as popular as Pretty Woman, but in truth it’s just unfortunate that the comparisons had to be made. While it didn’t exactly turn my
                  not-so-great morning into all round sunshine, it did raise a smile and an occasional chuckle. Many people did seem to loathe this film, but really, as long as you’re not expecting too much, this is a pleasant enough, throwaway, Sunday afternoon kind of a film. (Thanks for reading, and I’d love to read your comments. I’m a bit more comfortable writing book reviews, so any thoughts on my attempt at a film op or suggestions for improvement will be gratefully received. Cheers.)

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                    25.07.2001 04:42
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                    After watching this film for a second time at the weekend I felt it my nessesity to write an opinion on it. This film came out in cinemas at the beginnnig of summer '1999'. (July 30) I went with my friend to see it as an 'end of school' summer treat! ~ We were highly entertained and thought the movie was great. THE PLOT The whole storyline is based on two main people, firstly Ike Graham who is acted by Richard Gere, he is a New York newspaper columnist with a BIG problem, his deadline is an hour away and his ex-wife is his boss!!! Taking himself off down to his local watering hole to "brainstorm," Ike hears about a young woman in rural Maryland named Maggie, who is acted by Julia Roberts who, apparently, loves being engaged, but who has very cold feet about getting married. Intrigued, Ike composes a column about Maggie, beginning a chain of events which leads him to Hale, Maryland, her hometown. Maggie Carpenter also has a problem, Ike Graham. Furious with the column and its author, she plans to even the score with him. Once Ike arrives in town he realises he's in for it, but as the story goes on, Ike eventually discovers there is much more to Maggie than just a problem with commitment and the story suddenly turns upside down and begins all over again......... The storyline maybe a little predictable but more or less a great one, it was great to watch and understand, it was also quite funny at certain times. THE ACTORS/ACTRESSES With Richard Gere co-starring with Julia Roberts, the couple who starred together in box office hit, 'Pretty Woman' from 1990, this film always was going to be successful. Along with Julia and Richard though, was director Garry Marshall who directed 'Pretty Woman'. The three working again together totally worked. Other characters included: Joan Cusack ~ 'Peggy' Peggy is Julias best mate, they've been t
                    hrough everything together, she has visited all 3 of Julias previous weddings. Peggy is played by Joan Cusack who has also starred along-side Harrison Ford in 'Working Girl'. Hector Elizondo ~ 'Fisher' Fisher appears to be a working companion of Ike's. He seems quite a quiet man but soon hitches up with boss, Ellie who is Ike's Ex-wife. Fisher is played by Hector Elizondo who has now starred in his tenth Garry Marshall, 'The Other Sister'. You may recognise or remember him for being the hotel manager in 'Pretty Woman'. He has also taken part in many more films. Rita Wilson ~ 'Ellie' Ellie is the newspaper boss who manages her Ex-husband Ike, although they are divorced they seem quite happy and get on pretty well with each other. Rita Wilson has also starred in 'The Story Of Us' with 'Michelle Pfeiffer' and 'Bruce Willis'. Once again, another actor who has starred in many more films. Paul Dooley ~ 'Walter' Walter is Maggie's father, he is very important to Maggie since her mother has died. Unfortunately the poor man drinks rather a lot in which Maggie is not impressed and proud of. Paul Dooleys latest work has been noticed and seen in films, 'The Calling' with 'Sean Young' and 'Errors in Judgment' with 'Joe Mantegna'. Christopher Meloni ~ 'Coach Bob' Coach Bob is the husband-to-be of Maggie. He is totally confident that this time she will make it ALL the way down the aisle. Coach Bob works at the local high school and is the head of the PE department. One of Christopher Melonis latest films is 'Bound'. Jane Morris ~ 'Mrs Pressman' Mrs Pressman doesen't have that much of a role in the film but is pretty funny due to her stupidness! Jane Morris has although starred in many other films such as 'Dear God' Nothing In Common' and
                    also 'Pretty Woman' which were all directed by Garry Marshall. Laurie Metcalf ~ 'Mrs. trout' Mrs Trout owns the local bakery of Maggies. She has made all 3 previous wedding cakes and is planning on making the fourth as well. Laurie Metcalf has also been seen 'Desperately Seeking Susan' 'Internal Affairs' and lastly in, 'Making Mr. Right'. XTRAS Certificate: PG Director: Garry Marshall Running time: Just less that 1 and a half hrs. Website: www.runawaybride.com OVERALL Overall I found this film pretty good, it was funny and had a great storyline which I enjoyed, the added bonus was the appearance of so many well known characters, many of which were from 'Pretty Woman'. It was great seeing Richard Gere and Julia Roberts working together again too as I thought they worked together brilliantly in 'Pretty Woman'. So overall I really enjoyed this film, I loved the plot and also the characters which made it an absolutely outstanding movie for me, and this wasn't just because Julia Roberts was in it!! ~She's my idol!!! Haven't seen this movie yet, pop along the video shop and grab a copy or watch it on the movie channels on sky (It's on quite often) Thanks for reading ~M~

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                      I've read a lot of opinions from people who thought that this was a bit of a let down, so I thought that I'd try to redress the balance. I am a big fan of both starts of Runaway Bride, who are Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. The film was released and billed as the sequel to Pretty Woman, but it has nothing to do with Pretty Woman other than it has the same stars and was also directed by Gary Marshall. Rated PG, The Runaway Bride is a comedy romance which, as suggested by the PG classification, is suitable for the whole family. My 11 year old daughter picked it for us as a recent video purchase, and we've watched it together on more than a few occasions over recent weeks. Julia Roberts plays a country girl named Maggie Carpenter who has a knack for leaving grooms at the alter. Maggie runs her family's hardware store and designs lamps in her spare time. Richard Gere plays a New York reporter called Ike Graham. Ike writes a column for USA Today. Stuck for an idea for his column, Ike listens to a drunk's tale about a man-eater who loves to lure men to the alter, then run off leaving them like fools. Ike runs the story, without checking out his facts, and when Maggie Carpenter complain's to his editor, Ike is sacked. Ike sets out to vindicate himself. He goes to Maggie's home town and sets about finding out the truth behind the myth of the maneater. He strikes up a somewhat un-easy friendship with Maggie and her current fiance, Bob, the local high school team coach. Ike is convinced that Magie is going to run again, and wants to be around when it happens. I won't spoil the outcome for anyone who hasn't yet seen the movie. Suffice to say that there is plenty of romance, comedy and high jinx. It is a simlpe storyline that kids can follow, but mum's (& some dads) can enjoy too. The acting abilities of both Roberts
                      and Gere are not stretched to their limits, but their performances are good. As well as the 2 main actors, we are treated to great comic appearances from Joan Cusack (Adams Family Values) as Maggies often used bride's maid, Hector Elizondo(the hotel manager in Pretty woman) as Ike's ex-wife's husband, and Riat Wilson (of Sleepless in Seatle). It may not be the greatest story ever told, but I enjoyed it. It is enteratining, and manages to hold the attention. A real feel good film.

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                        Runaway Bride was supposed to be the box office smash which brought together Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Well it turned out to be a disappointment which is a shame. I recently watched this movie on DVD after giving it a miss at the cinema. I was a fan of Pretty Woman but saw reviews which mentioned that this film was average. Like the recent release of "The Mexican" it takes more than top stars to make a film. Runaway Bride is about a Big City reporter who looses his job when he falsely reports about a runaway bride (Julia Roberts) who had backed out of marriage a few times. Not happy at loosing his job the reporter goes to hunt out the runaway bride and prove that what he wrote was true. The story is pretty simple and I sure that you can guess what happens! The Runaway bride is quite predictable but I was pleasantly surprised with the overall result. It is not going to win any awards but as a harmless piece of fun it is not bad. Gere and Roberts do a good job but compared to recent releases by Julia Roberts , this is a little bit of a let down. For a romantic comedy there are simply not enough funny moments but the romantic element is quite good. Don't go into this film expecting a classic as you will be disappointed. If you go with not many expectations then you will be pleasantly surprised. As the titles says this film is average.

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                        It took nearly a decade to find a mutually agreeable screenplay, but the stars and director of Pretty Woman finally reunited to make Runaway Bride, wisely avoiding any attempt to recapture the 1990 film's elusive magic. The result is a perfectly pleasant romantic comedy that would've fared better critically (despite boffo box office) if it hadn't been overshadowed by its blockbuster predecessor. It is certainly a more credible film than Pretty Woman, trading a far-fetched fairy tale (hooker hooks up with tycoon? bah!) for a more amiably conventional plot about big-city reporter Ike Graham (Richard Gere) who falls for a small-town handywoman Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) with a nasty habit of fleeing from the altar in a recurring state of premarital panic. Both characters are instantly likeable, and the smooth dialogue by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott only occasionally panders to sitcom cuteness. And despite his routine sacrifice of subtle craft for commercial appeal, director Garry Marshall knows when to trust his stars and material, lending this movie a casual charm (aided by a terrific supporting cast) that never feels forced or artificial. The whole thing's utterly predictable, riding on the suspenseless question of whether Maggie will dump her sports-nut fiancé (Christopher Meloni) and tie the knot with Ike. It's a foregone conclusion after the usual games of romantic cat and mouse, but the chemistry between Roberts and Gere is undeniable, and with a decade's worth of additional stardom between them, they shine as brightly as ever. --Jeff Shannon