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“Wedding Cake freezes –this we know!” [Father]
on 23 December 2016
In this 1999 RomCom, Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) is dubbed "The Runaway Bride" due to her habit of ditching men at the alter. When columnist "Ike" Graham (Richard Gere), writes an erroneous article about her -based on a third party source, Ike is forced to travel to Maryland, where he finds Maggie embarking on her fourth attempt to become married. Maggie becomes frustrated when Ike starts interviewing people around town believing he’s getting it all wrong again, but is he?
This is greatly helped by a good ‘chart’ centred soundtrack, some quirky gags and great chemistry between the two leads. The pace is good, although the third quarter does seem overlong as the novelty value wears thin. There is nothing new here as the story is highly predictable but the humour is light and the cast work well to pull it along.
The disc offers chapter selection, set-up [Languages: English, Francais, Deutsch, Castellano. Subtitles: as languages plus Scandinavian and more west European.] and play. Rated PG this has very little that is likely to offend but there are two or three ‘adult references’ although these will easily pass over most youngsters and three instances of mild cussing. This isn’t realistic, but if it’s escapist fun you want with a feel good factor, then this might be for you and as a PG family movie, has to be a grudging *****. Keep watching to the very end of the final credits as there is an added scene.