Runaway Bride

Published November 30, 2019

Runaway Bride

Film info

  • Title Runaway Bride
  • Director Garry Marshall
  • Year 1999
  • Run time 1hr 56m
  • Genres Romance, Comedy
  • Tagline Catch her if you can

Everyone's favourite screen couple Richard Gere and Julia Roberts matched in another runaway hit comedy from Garry Marshall - the director of Pretty Woman. Ike Graham is a big-city newspaper columnist who causes an uproar with an unflattering and wildly erroneous story about Maggie Carpenter, a small-town woman whose reputation for leaving men stranded at the altar has made her a local legend. But while Ike plans to prove he was right about Maggie all along... and Maggie plans to even the score with Ike... neither expects the kind of sparks that fly when they finally meet!

Live blog

Time Comment
0:58 “I have climbed highest mountains…” on a horse.
4:38 Napkins for wiping or writing, what’s the difference?
7:33 Julia’s so lovely.
11:19 “That’s what makes me good.” “No, that’s what makes you unemployed.”
16:37 Tassels on your loafers.
23:27 Ew, any food you have to eat with a hammer is not food.
28:57 How did he manage to get his hair back the right colour already?
30:42 Loving their purple sports jackets.
37:50 “Boy, he sure makes friends easy.” And that’s why he’s the bane of her life.
43:34 Quirky, weird and mysterious. We need a special dictionary for this.
46:20 Not on board with the small town “sure I’ll let you in his hotel room” situation.
52:14 I like his thoughts on proposals. The big ones are covering for something.
54:58 Julia really gets some stick from the old shop assistants, doesn’t she?
1:00:27 Loving that Nana knows.
1:04:13 “Walk nice, they won’t get ya.” What does that even mean, that’s not helpful!
1:14:06 “It’s fun. It’s high.”
1:23:49 Really wasn’t expecting that.
1:31:24 He IS the best man.
1:39:15 Her lamps really are impressive.
1:49:07 “In this life that you share together, may your individuality strengthen your love.”


I’m a big Garry Marshall fan at this point, but I have to admit this a) wasn’t the film I thought it was going to be and b) wasn’t as good as I hoped it might be.

I did like that neither of the characters was a particularly good person - hard reporter saying horrible things about people he doesn’t know versus woman who really does leave a trail of destruction in her wake. He basically stalks her around her home-town, whilst she breaks into his room. Twice! These are not great people.

The chemistry between the two leads is undeniable but the story lets them down a bit. The twists and turns are obvious and it was a pretty forgettable plot in the end. The only upside is Hector Elizondo stealing the show, as always!

Rating: 3 / 5

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