Call me old-fashioned, but I was glad to finally see an "adult" movie that didn't have any swearing except for once when Gere hit the bathroom door , sex, or violence. It made me think of the old movies where the hero and heroine fall in love and at the end get married and if they had sex, it was insinuated without showing anything . Yeah, that's unrealistic in these days of open speech and everything else, but it was refreshing. And it proved my point that a good movie could be made and still be rated PG. And that Julia Roberts could still make a movie these days without <more>
the F-word! And even though I don't think Joan Cusack is the best actress in the world, she always makes me laugh in whatever movie she's in!
I absolutely loved this movie! I would consider this a true "romantic comedy". There were wonderful, well written characters and laughs all the way through. It was quite a treat to see Richard Gere play such a comedic role and do so well at it. I found this movie a joy to watch, not just because of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, but the fantastic supporting cast and the picturesque town in which the movie takes place. It was altogether a wonderful experience. I can't express how refreshing it is to see a movie with no sex, no nudity, and no cursing. Hats off to Gary Marshall <more>
for putting a movie out there that's just good, clean fun!
As others have stated, this is not a great movie. There isn't symbolism and depth and great lessons about life. It is just the kind of light, amusing movie that doesn't strain your brain. Julia Roberts' star continues to shine. I personally think she is a very good actress. She makes it seem so effortless that the pendulum almost swings to the other side and makes it seem like she isn't acting at all, which lends itself to criticism. And for those who mentioned PRETTY WOMAN in their reviews, here is a newsflash--this isn't PRETTY WOMAN. Same stars, different movie--repeat <more>
that 5 times to yourself. Whatever your opinion, let RUNAWAY BRIDE stand on its own. It isn't as predictable as it seems it might be. For me, 7.5 stars out of 10.
When Ike is walking the streets in the big city he comes off as brash and rude and snobby. WHAT happened on the airplane to Hale? All of a sudden Ike touches down in Hale and he's the nicest guy in town. How did that happen? For the next half of the movie I'm waiting for him to be the ass that I thought he was. It does'nt happen. He is now Mr. good guy. Julia Roberts working in a hardware store is really a stretch but it comes out later she was helping her dad so I guess I can buy it. The rest of the movie was quite fun to watch Ike and Maggie fall in love with each other. The <more>
proposal was the nicest proposal I have ever heard anywhere. This is a super good good movie. Not Oscar material, just a good light hearted love story. If you like Roberts and Gere you can't go wrong.
Viewers should forget they ever saw the previous film with these actors and allow themselves to watch a thoroughly enjoyable film. All major characters were well scripted, including those played by Hector Elizondo and Rita Wilson.
The problem with this movie is??? (by Slug-3)
When I first saw the trailer for the Runaway Bride I thought to myself "Oh great, a Pretty Woman sequel!" It may surprise you to know that I actually enjoyed Pretty Woman. But, as good as it was, it was over-glamorized and I'd about gotten to the point where I was ready to puke if I heard anymore praise for this movie.So, I decided I would wait and catch it on video on an evening when I didn't mind being disappointed. I expected most would be disappointed, as the movie had all the setup needed for failure being envisioned as the sequel to Pretty Woman. But, I expected it <more>
would still receive quite a bit of praise and I would spend another few years holding my gut each time I heard the name Runaway Bride.As the reviews came in I was quite surprised to find that so many others seemed to have rated the movie the way I envisioned I would. So, I was quite shocked when I FINALLY got around to watching this movie and discovered that I loved it! As far as I'm concerned it was much better than Pretty Woman.I think the Runaway Bride may have been a little too non-traditional for some to cherish. While this seems to be a trademark of Marshall's films, I think this one definitely out did Pretty Woman in that department. Even though Julia Roberts played a prostitute in Pretty Woman, everything else was richly traditional. I don't believe the same can be said for Runaway Bride and this was the difference to me.I also believe there will also be those who disliked the troubles Roberts' character had in the movie. Some will say they were unreal or just plain silly. But, I didn't feel that way and in fact, I believe they gave the movie a sense of reality lacking in most traditional romance films. Robert's and Gere were both marvelous and I gave this movie 9 stars.
You know what? Don't tell me anything about Pretty Woman, because I don't even want to hear it. (by Anonymous_Maxine)
Runaway Bride is just a good romantic comedy. Yes, the director and the two big name stars are the same as the film's 1990 counterpart, but even though the two films have striking and almost offensive similarities, Runaway Bride has a good enough story that I refuse to believe that it relied on the success of its predecessor. Julia Roberts is Maggie Carpenter, a hardware store owner a laughable profession surpassed only by Denise Richards as a nuclear weapons specialist in The World Is Not Enough. Yeah RIGHT! , and Richard Gere is a newspaper columnist Ike Graham who has been fired for <more>
printing a supposedly false column about a woman who consistently runs out on her marriages. When he travels to the tiny town where she lives to learn more about her life and possibly get his job back, he finds that there is more to her than just a newspaper column. By the end of the film, there is such a huge media hype about Maggie's wedding that it's a wonder that Ike wasn't honored for his 'false' column about her. Joan Cusack has never looked and acted better than she did in this movie, delivering a wonderful nasally performance that was strangely heartwarming. Runaway Bride had all kinds of wonderful scenes. I particularly liked the wedding rehearsal scene. The look on Christopher Meloni's face was priceless! There were so many good things about this film that I am able to overlook the superficial look of unoriginality. If you just look past the director and the two big names, the story itself is not at all like any other film. There will, of course, be the inevitable cynical comparisons to Pretty Woman, and these complaints are understandable, but people who condemn Runaway Bride as a rip-off of Pretty Woman or some sort of re-make are simply not looking at the film, but only at the names on the bill. This is a very good romantic comedy, and it should not be missed simply because of a superficial comparison to Pretty Woman.
When I first saw this movie, following the wonderful "Notting Hill," I was less than thrilled. However, I have watched and watched and watched "Runaway Bride" and it really is a witty romance. What is particularly poignant about the film is the chemistry between Gere and Roberts. Though it seems very fast, it is completely natural for fans of "Pretty Woman," who saw these two fall in love a decade earlier.Roberts is wonderful in this movie. She is completely comfortable, natural, and highly believable as the spunky Maggie Carpenter. Gere is cocky, weathered, and <more>
attractive as the misguided Ike Graham. The plot is predictable, but the first act is snappy and the climax is well-done. It may not please most people on the first run, but rent it again and you'll begin to see the subtleties that make it great.
I found "Pretty Woman" charming, and I suppose I still do, but in one respect its storyline is contrived. In ONE respect? I hear you ask. Well, maybe more than one, but only one that worries me. This much of the standard formula a light love story MUST follow: a boy falls in love with girl, b girl falls in love with boy, c obstacle, d union. Timing is surprisingly unimportant. It doesn't matter when c is established - it can be before the curtain rises, or half an hour before it falls - nor does it matter if a and b are simultaneous, or over an hour apart. And <more>
obviously it doesn't matter which one comes first. Even the order c-b-d-a is acceptable. The trouble with "Pretty Woman" is c . So she's a prostitute. So what? It's a pity that twentieth-century writers have somehow acquired the idea that external obstacles are less interesting than internal ones: it isn't true, and in any event, internal obstacles are harder to draw convincingly.Which is why FINALLY, I get to the point "Runaway Bride" is a more pleasant confection than "Pretty Woman". Believe me, you don't know how surprised I am to find myself writing this. Before I saw the movie I was all but certain it would be deathly stale. The premise - love blossoms between an insulting newspaper columnist and a serial jilter he writes about - screamed, "This will spend two hours going nowhere" at me ... and the curious thing is, now that I've seen the film, I can't even remember why I found the idea so unpromising. Maybe I was unduly swayed by the last Julia Roberts romantic comedy I saw, "I Love Trouble", which was at once thin, bloated, and flat."Runaway Bride" is none of these things. It's over two hours, but none of this is bloat: it takes its time because it NEEDS this time, given obstacle c , to convincingly establish a and b . The film doesn't waste our time any more than it wastes our own. I was never bored; very often I was even basking in the glow. Tastes in romantic comedy are hard to justify or defend, so I'll leave it at that.