There Goes the Bride

Runaway Bride

Pretty, nothing  --  things get downright ugly when Julia Roberts and Richard Gere reunite
Pretty, nothing -- things get downright ugly when Julia Roberts and Richard Gere reunite

When the film finally does fall completely apart, it seems little more than a foregone conclusion. Ike and Maggie get together for one reason and one reason only -- because they have to, that's why. Perish the thought that Marshall -- who gave us, among other things, Laverne &Shirley -- might play upon our expectations and attempt something original. Everything about Runaway Bride -- the sitcom pacing, the unvaried shot selection, the clichéd music -- is perfectly ordinary. Marshall is the very definition of a hack; his one and only desire is to play to the lowest common denominator. This is the secret of his success: He aspires to mediocrity. With Runaway Bride, he has scored another bull's eye.

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