Reviewed by John Weber
Rating: 2.5 Beans
'know, sometimes you get exactly what you expect. The only reason I watched "Runaway Bride" was because it was the only movie available on a five-hour flight to Las Vegas. So how bad can it be, I reasoned? Either the movie or read the emergency instructions card again.
Better I should have checked out where those exits were one more time.
"Runaway Bride' is technically competent. Julia Roberts looks stunning as the lady who keeps running away from the altar. And Richard Gere just plays, y'know, Richard Gere. But this reteaming of the "Pretty Woman" pair has absolutely the lamest plot imaginable. But it doesn't really matter -- this is a product, not a movie.
Anyway, Gere is a USA Today columnist who hears about Miz Roberts' habit for fleeing the church at the very last moment. He writes a nasty column about it. Roberts writes a nasty letter to the editor with a whole bunch of inaccuracies Gere has written. So the editor, natch, fires Gere. Oh, the editor (Rita Wilson) happens to be Gere's ex-wife. So Gere goes down to Maryland to get the real story on Roberts and write a story that will "redeem" him. Of course, he breaks up the next pending marriage, they fall in love -- and Gere gets stranded at the altar. Oh, but don't worry - there's a lame happy ending just around the bend.
Is this as stupid as it sounds? You betcha!
"Runaway Bride" is utterly predictable, contrived, inane, and insults the intelligence of the moviegoer. It totally wastes talented supporting players like Joan Cusack and Paul Dooley, and just generally is a waste of time.
So if you find yourself on an airplane with "Runaway Bride" as your only choice -- I recommend reading the airline peanut bag instead. The writing's a tad more creative.
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