My Best Friend’s Wedding – Say a Little Prayer

| May 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

My Best Friend’s Wedding is a high end RomCom. Not my favorite genre, but the good ones are entertaining. This is a pretty good one starring Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. The male leads are Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett, who steals the movie.

Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney play life long buddies, the nominal “best friends” in the title. Mulroney is marrying Cameron Diaz’s character, a ditzy blonde. Rupert Everett plays Roberts’ gay friend who pretends to be her date at the wedding because she doesn’t want to be seen as unattached. The dramatic tension is the fact that the “best friends” never took their relationship to the next level, even though they clearly seem to be in love with one another. The wedding brings this all to a head.

Of course, none of this matters with respect to this musical interlude. It really stands alone and doesn’t advance the plot in any way. Still, it’s an extraordinarily enjoyable scene. The set up is Rupert Everett’s hilarious description of the completely made up story of how he supposedly met Julia Roberts. It involves a mental institution and a man who thinks he’s Dionne Warwick. Everett’s story includes one of the all time great pregnant pauses after which he starts singing “The morning I wake up. Before I put on my makeup…” Little by little others join in the singing until the whole restaurant is singing and rocking. It’s exhilarating. Brings me to tears every time I watch it.


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