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My Best Friend's Wedding

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Directed byP. J. Hogan
Screenplay byRonald Bass
Produced byJerry Zucker
Ronald Bass
Gil Netter
Patricia Whitcher
  • Julia Roberts
  • Dermot Mulroney
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Rupert Everett
  • Philip Bosco
CinematographyLászló Kovács
Edited byGarth Craven
Lisa Fruchtman
Music byJames Newton Howard


TriStar Pictures
Zucker Brothers Productions

Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing

Release date

  • June 20, 1997

Running time

104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$38 million
Box office$299.3 million

My Best Friend's Wedding is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by P.. J. Hogan from a screenplay by Ronald Bass. The film stars Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, and Rupert Everett.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics and was a global box-office hit.[1] The soundtrack tuy nhiên "I Say a Little Prayer" was covered by singer Diana King and featured heavily in the film, making it a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 hit. The soundtrack featured a number of Burt Bacharach/Hal David songs. It has since been cited as one of the best romantic comedy films of the 1990s and of all time.[2][3]


Three weeks before her 28th birthday, Thủ đô New York City food critic Julianne "Jules" Potter receives a Call from her lifelong friend Michael O'Neal, a Chicago sportswriter. Years earlier, the two agreed that if they were both unmarried by age 28, they would marry each other. Michael tells her that in four days, he will marry the beautiful Kimmy Wallace, a college student eight years his junior whose father owns the Chicago White Sox. Realizing that she was in love with him, Jules resolves to tướng sabotage his wedding. Arriving in Chicago, she reunites with Michael and meets Kimmy, who asks her to tướng be the maid of honor. Jules schemes to tướng break up the couple, but her attempt to tướng humiliate Kimmy at a karaoke bar backfires. She manipulates Kimmy into asking her father to tướng offer Michael a job, which Jules knows will anger Michael, but this fails as well.

Frustrated, Jules begs her friend George Downes for help, and he flies to tướng Chicago. On George's advice, Jules prepares to tướng tell Michael how much she loves him, but instead tells him that she is engaged to tướng George, hoping to tướng make Michael jealous. George, who is gay, plays along but embarrasses Jules at lunch with the wedding tiệc ngọt, singing "I Say a Little Prayer" as the whole restaurant joins in. George flies trang chủ, and Jules tells Michael that her "relationship" with George is over. Michael admits to tướng feeling jealous and gives her the chance to tướng confess her own feelings, but she lets the moment pass. They share a dance as Michael sings their tuy nhiên, "The Way You Look Tonight".

The day before the wedding, at Kimmy's father's office, Jules uses his tin nhắn trương mục to tướng forge a message from him to tướng Michael's quấn, asking that Michael be fired to tướng allow Kimmy's father to tướng hire him at Kimmy's insistence. She saves the message rather than thở send it, but later realizes that Kimmy's father has unknowingly sent the tin nhắn. Jules lies to tướng enlist Michael's help, but they find the office locked. Returning to tướng Jules' khách sạn, Michael receives a message from his quấn notifying him of the tin nhắn. Furious, he calls Kimmy, calling off the wedding.

The next morning, Jules discovers that neither Michael nor Kimmy have told anyone else that the wedding is off. She tries to tướng manipulate the couple into breaking up for good, but Michael and Kimmy decide to tướng get married after all. Jules finally confesses her love to tướng Michael and passionately kisses him. Kimmy witnesses this and drives away, pursued by Michael, who is followed by Jules in a caterer's truck. Jules calls George, who assures her that Michael loves Kimmy. Finding Michael at Chicago Union Station, Jules confesses to tướng everything. He forgives her and tells her that here at the station is where he proposed to tướng Kimmy and she accepted, and they split up to tướng look for Kimmy.

Jules finds Kimmy in the bathroom of Comiskey Park. Amid a crowd of onlookers, Kimmy confronts Jules for interfering with Michael. Jules apologizes, assuring Kimmy that Michael truly loves her, and they reconcile. The wedding proceeds, and at the reception, Jules gives a heartfelt speech as Kimmy's maid of honor. Jules allows the newlyweds to tướng temporarily have "The Way You Look Tonight" as their tuy nhiên until they find their own tuy nhiên. Jules and Michael share their goodbyes, both finally moving on. On the phone with George, Jules is surprised to tướng see him at the reception, and they dance together.


  • Julia Roberts as Julianne Potter, a 27-year-old food critic who realizes she's in love with her best friend Michael and tries to tướng win him back after he decides to tướng marry someone else.
  • Dermot Mulroney as Michael O'Neal, Julianne's best friend and a sportswriter who is engaged to tướng Kimmy Wallace.
  • Cameron Diaz as Kimberly "Kimmy" Wallace, Michael's bubbly and lovable fiancée who comes from an affluent family.
  • Rupert Everett as George Downes, Julianne's gay friend and editor who pretends to tướng be engaged to tướng Julianne to tướng make Michael jealous.
  • Philip Bosco as Walter Wallace, husband of Isabelle, father of Kimmy, and future father-in-law of Michael. He is a rich businessman who owns the Chicago White Sox baseball team.
  • M. Emmet Walsh as Joe O'Neal, father of Michael and Scotty O'Neal and future father-in-law of Kimmy. He suggested that Julianne be Michael's best man, but had to tướng go with Scotty instead.
  • Rachel Griffiths as Samantha Newhouse, twin sister of Mandy and one of Kimmy's bridesmaids.
  • Carrie Preston as Amanda Newhouse, twin sister of Samantha and one of Kimmy's bridesmaids.
  • Susan Sullivan as Isabelle Wallace, wife of Walter, mother of Kimmy, and future mother-in-law of Michael.
  • Charlie Trotter as himself.[4]

In addition, Christopher Masterson plays Michael's younger brother Scotty, while Paul Giamatti briefly appears as a bellman who encounters Julianne in a khách sạn hallway.

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Box office[edit]

The film opened at No. 2 at the North American box office, making $21,678,377 USD in its opening weekend,[5] behind Batman & Robin.[6][7] It stayed in the top 10 weekly U.S. box-office for six consecutive weeks, and eventually earned $127,120,029. The worldwide gross total stands at $299,288,605 (listed as one of the 10 biggest films of 1997 both domestically and worldwide).[8]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 74% based on 61 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Thanks to tướng a charming performance from Julia Roberts and a subversive spin on the genre, My Best Friend's Wedding is a refreshingly entertaining romantic comedy."[9] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 50 out of 100 based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to tướng F scale.[11]

Total Film praised the film, giving it four stars out of five and stating "[h]ere [Roberts] banishes all memories of Mary Reilly and I Love Trouble with a lively, ni sparkling, performance. Smiling that killer smile, shedding those winning tears, delivering great lines with effortless charm, Roberts is back where she rightly belongs - not in grey period costume, but as the sexy queen of laughs." The review also called the film "a perfect date movie" that "proves Roberts isn't as crap as we all thought she was."[12]

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called it "the summer-date-film supreme for pretty women and the gay men they love," despite criticisms of the script. He praises Roberts as "riper, more dexterous with a comic line, slyer with modulation," concluding that "Roberts puts her heart into this one."[13] Joanna Berry of Radio Times gave it four stars out of five, observing that this "sparkling comedy" proved to tướng be a career-resurrecting movie for Julia Roberts.[14]

Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times said, "One of the pleasures of Ronald Bass' screenplay is the way it subverts the usual comic formulas that would fuel a plot lượt thích this."[15] CNN movie reviewer Carol Buckland said Roberts "lights up the screen", calling the film "fluffy fun".[16]

Andrew Johnston, writing in Time Out New York, observed, "The best scene occurs when Julianne's gay editor and confidant George (Everett) turns up in Chicago and poses as her fiancé, seizing control of the film for five delicious minutes. His devilish impersonation of a straight guy is priceless, and things only get better when he leads a sing-along at the rehearsal dinner. At times lượt thích this, when the film spins into pop culture overdrive that it stops being a star vehicle and flirts with genuine comic brilliance."[17]

Michelle Regna of BuzzFeed, in năm ngoái, claimed it is one of the greatest romantic comedy films of all time.[18]

According to tướng a 2023 poll by Costa Coffee, My Best Friend's Wedding was named by Brits as one of the top ten movies to tướng help them "overcome heartbreak and move on".[19]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Accolade Category Recipient Result
Academy Awards Best Original Musical or Comedy Score James Newton Howard Nominated
ALMA Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Crossover Role in a Feature Film Cameron Diaz Won
American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Rupert Everett Won
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top Box Office Films James Newton Howard Won
Awards Circuit Community Awards Honorable Mentions My Best Friend's Wedding Nominated
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actress – Comedy Julia Roberts Won
Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy Rupert Everett Won
Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy Cameron Diaz Won
Bogey Awards Won
British Academy Film Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Rupert Everett Nominated
Casting Society of America Best Casting for Feature Film – Comedy David Rubin Nominated
Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actor Rupert Everett Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Rupert Everett Won
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Film – Wide Release My Best Friend's Wedding Nominated
Golden Screen Awards Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical My Best Friend's Wedding Nominated
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Julia Roberts Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Rupert Everett Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards British Supporting Actor of the Year Rupert Everett Won
MTV Movie + TV Awards Best Female Performance Julia Roberts Nominated
Best Breakthrough Performance Rupert Everett Nominated
Best Comedic Performance Rupert Everett Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Rupert Everett Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Picture – Comedy or Musical Ronald Bass
Jerry Zucker
Best Actor – Comedy or Musical Rupert Everett Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Rupert Everett Nominated
Best Actress – Comedy or Musical Julia Roberts Nominated
Best Title Sequences Nominated
Best Music – Adapted Song "Wishin' and Hopin' " Nominated
Best Music – Adapted Song "I Say a Little Prayer" Won
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Rupert Everett Nominated
Satellite Award Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical My Best Friend's Wedding Nominated
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Julia Roberts Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Rupert Everett Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Cameron Diaz Nominated

American Film Institute recognition:

  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs - Nominated[20]


My Best Friend's Wedding: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by

various artists

Released17 June 1997
LabelEpic Records

The soundtrack was released on June 17, 1997, and contains covers of familiar songs. It was praised by AllMusic for working "better than thở it should, since most of the vocalists... concentrate on the songs".[21]

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Chart positions



Two official remakes with the same title have been released.

  • A Chinese version was released in Trung Quốc on August 5, năm nhâm thìn.[36]
  • A Mexican remake was presented in Mexico on February 14, 2019.[37][38]

In addition, the 2002 Indian film Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai ("It's My Friend's Wedding") was partially inspired by the film.

Stage musical[edit]

A stage musical adaptation of the film featuring songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and a book by screenplay writer Ronald Bass and Jonathan Harvey was announced to tướng open in September 2021 (originally due to tướng open September 2020 but postponed due to tướng the COVID-19 pandemic) on a UK and Ireland tour, and was due to tướng be directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and star Alexandra Burke as Julianne Potter.[39] However on June 30, 2021, it was announced that the production was cancelled due to tướng the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the producers revealing they hope to tướng revisit the show at a later date.[40]


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External links[edit]

  • My Best Friend's Wedding at IMDb
  • My Best Friend's Wedding at the TCM Movie Database
  • My Best Friend's Wedding at AllMovie
  • My Best Friend's Wedding at Box Office Mojo
  • My Best Friend's Wedding at Rotten Tomatoes
  • My Best Friend's Wedding at Metacritic Edit this at Wikidata