My Best Friend’s Wedding: #8 in Romance Hall of Fame Wedding Movies Category

An agreement to walk down the aisle with her college chum in 10 years time if neither had met their perfect mate seemed to restaurant critic Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) to be the perfect recipe for her future. A decade after pledging their pact, however, Julianne’s fall back plan falls through when the would-be groom she has taken for granted (played by Dermot Mulroney) falls for someone else.

Devising a scheme to win back the man of her dreams, Jules takes on the role of maid of honor in order to manipulate the couple’s marital plans in a romantic comedy directed by P.J. Hogan, who brought the off-beat bridal story Muriel’s Wedding to the big screen in 1994.

Lovetripper Reader Recommendation

My Best Friend’s Wedding gives me the hometown feel of Chicago where I grew up, and with the great pairing between Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney there is no way one cannot fall in love with this story. I saw this movie when I was 8 years old and it has been my favorite wedding movie ever since. The music makes the movie a true classic and seeing Cameron Diaz at that young of an age is just remarkable! The story line is so original because its the not the classic heroine gets the hero at the end of the story, but the heart of plot is so much deeper. Its comedic sense is so real and I feel that everyone can connect to its amazing story.– Melissa

I love that this movie shows how friends can really mean the world to you. You would do everything to ruin their wedding but in the end do everything to make it right when you find out they were really truly happier before.– Grace

My favorite thing about My Best Friend’s Wedding is that it tricks the audience into believing we want a certain ending. Julia Roberts is the b____ we adore and Cameron Diaz is the adorable girl we can’t stand. But some how this film grabs us at the beginning by promising one thing but leaves us happily satisfied with a hopeful ending we didn’t know we wanted. This film definitely manipulates us by being in the driver’s seat, but I’ve never been so happy to be along for the ride.– Ann-Marie

Great cast, lots of laughs, a few tears and a wedding… what’s not to love!– Rita

I loved this movie because it played with your heart strings big time! I felt so bad for Julia Roberts’ character but happy when
she was okay with everything.– Marion

I think the three main characters had the perfect chemistry. It was funny and touching, and a pleasure to watch beginning to end.– Rose

The singing in the restaurant was my favorite part.– Joyce

Filming Locations

Cuneo Museum and Gardens— Dreams of “I do” are often granted on the grounds of this Vernon Hills, Illinois estate. Once a private abode, in 1991 the mansion opened its doors to the public for self-guided tours. The manicured lawn which once felt the footfall of Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Julia Roberts during one of the movie’s key scenes is now often trod upon by the peacocks who add an extra touch of elegance to the refined residence.

Fourth Presbyterian Church— Since 1914 this Gothic-influenced house of worship in Chicago, which served as the site of the movie’s wedding scene, has welcomed flocks of the faithful.

Drakes Hotel— A star in its own right, this landmark Chicago retreat from the Roaring ’20’s has appeared on the silver screen in Risky Business, The Blues Brothers and What Women Want.


Julia Roberts— Since her 1997 role as potential wedding wrecker Julianne Potter, America’s Pretty Woman has appeared in a string of box office successes, including another flick in which she filed down the aisle– Runaway Bride.

Dermot Mulroney— His rugged good looks landing him a number of roles in westerns, including Young Guns and Bad Girls, this Virginia-born thespian would once again find himself in a maritally-minded movie when he said “I do” to the script for The Wedding Date.

Cameron Diaz— After her debut performance alongside Jim Carrey in The Mask, audiences realized that this blonde bombshell was a comedic queen disguised in the body of a beauty queen. Since her performance as bride-to-be Kimberly Wallace, the A-list actress has continued to make audiences chuckle in There’s Something About Mary, The Sweetest Thing, Charlie’s Angels, The Holiday and Shrek.

Rupert Everett— Although the actual accolades were awarded to other stars that year, Everett’s portrayal of Julia Robert’s buddy George garnered this English actor nominations at the MTV Awards for best male breakthrough performance and best comedic performance, best supporting actor at the Golden Globes and best supporting actor at the BAFTAs. Later his voice would share the screen with that of Cameron Diaz, another cast member of My Best Friend’s Wedding, as he took on the role of Prince Charming in the Shrek movies.

Rachel Griffiths— Three years after warbling “Waterloo” alongside Toni Collette in Muriel’s Wedding, this Australian actress found herself singing “I Say a Little Prayer (For You)” in this marriage-minded movie. Turning her sights to the small screen, Griffiths enjoyed a long run in Six Feet Under, and now in part of a star-studded ensemble cast in the ABC hit Brothers and Sisters.

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