English 225 Introduction to Film
Instructor: Hazar Shehadeh
May 9, 2013
“My Best Friend’s Wedding” is a romantic comedy that hit the movie scene in 1997 about a 27 year old woman who made a pact with her best friend and former lover that by age 28 if neither was married that they would marry each other. Four days before her 28th birthday her best friend calls with news of him getting married. Now she has to decipher whether she wants to be just best friends or lovers as well. One of the reasons this movie did so well in my opinion is because it pulled on the heart strings of the audience’s emotions. Through critically analyzing this movie I will show this movie sends a strong message that to truly love someone you have to want the best for them even if that means letting them go.
The cast of this film includes Julia Roberts, who plays the main character Julianne Potter, her best friend and former lover Michael O’Neil, played by Dermot Mulroney, her gay best friend George, played by Rupert Everett, and her rivalry and best friend’s fiancé, Kimberly Wallace, played by Cameron Diaz. Julia Roberts is a star actor; she tends to have a distinctive screen persona that is well known and popular with the public (GoodKoontz & Jacobs, 2011). Julia Roberts have done other movies such as “Step Mom” and “Pretty Woman” where she plays the same characters of women who just want to be accepted, loved, and live happily ever after. Cameron Diaz would be known as a wildcard actor because she has played so many roles that it is difficult to classify her as one certain type of actor (GoodKoontz & Jacobs, 2011). Movies such as “The Other Woman”, “Bad Teacher”, and “Charlie’s Angels” are all different in character allowing her to show case her versatility when it comes to acting. In “My Best Friend’s Wedding” Realism is the type of acting that is present because the acting appears to the view’s to be realistic rather than artificial. In the big blow out scene at the end of the movie where Cameron Diaz (Kimberly Wallace) confronts Julia Robert’s character Julianne Potter in the bathroom at the train station about trying to steal her man, the argument between the two is realistic and many can put themselves in their shoes If they have ever gotten into a fight with another girl over a boy they both like. P.J. Hogan directed “My Best Friend’s Wedding” in 1997 where he wanted to continue showing his growth in handling diverse comic material (IMDB, 2013). Hogan busted on the scene with his first comedy “Muriel’s Wedding” in 1994 and wanted to continue making romantic comedies so he followed up with “My Best Friend’s Wedding” 3 years later (IMDB, 2013). While directing this movie, Hogan and the screenwriter Ronald Bass kept the storyline in chronological order to build a real time effect with the viewers (GoodKoontz & Jacobs, 2011). Keeping the movie in chronological order also helps the viewers keep an emotional connection with the characters verses If it was done in non-linear form the viewers would have a hard time connecting because the movie would be jumping all over the place which could result in the disconnection of emotion from the characters. The vision of the director Is very evident in this romantic comedy because all through the movie you are thoroughly entertained and left guessing what is going to happen next with this hilarious group of actors on the screen. The message the director is trying to convey to the viewers with this movie is that to truly love someone you have to want the best for them even if that means letting them go. The character Julianne Potter is struggling with an internal conflict because she doesn’t want her best friend and former lover Michael to marry this girl Kimmy Wallace who he has fallen in love with because she is realizing that for all these years she has been able to jump in and out of her best friend’s life as she pleases, keeping a...