Julia Roberts’ ‘Runaway Bride’ premieres on Netflix on New Year

Great news for fans of classic Rom-Com movies as Netflix is set to add to its movie catalogue this 1999 film starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere on January 1 2022.

If you’ve even watched this movie, you’ll know that it is one of the most addictive films Roberts has even starred in. The heartfelt moments between Roberts and Gere as Maggie Carpenter and Homer Eisenhower Graham nicknamed ‘Ike’ respectively, are a cure for an aching heart.

Starring again as a dynamic couple after the 1990 romance film, Pretty Woman, Maggie (Roberts) plays the role of a young woman who’s had past unsuccessful relationships because of running away at the wedding altar, gaining the title of “runaway bride”. Ike (Gere) is a New York columnist who investigates Maggie’s runaway incidences for his latest story.

After spending time together, the two begin to fall for each other, causing Maggie to end things with her fourth groom to be. However, Ike surprisingly becomes a victim of Maggie’s dubious altar take-offs on their wedding.

Despite critical reviews, Runaway Bride was a huge success at the box office, grossing $ 35.1 million on the weekend it was launched at #1. By the end of its theatrical run, the movie had earned $152.3 million in Canada and the U.S. and a worldwide gross of $ 157.2 million, making a cumulation of $309.5 million.

The film was directed by Garry Marshall, while its screenplay was written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott. Starring alongside the iconic duo, are Héctor Elizondo as Fischer, Ike’s boss and Rita Wilson (Tom Hank’s wife) as Ellie Graham, Ike’s former wife.

Other supporting characters worth mentioning are Joan Cusack as Peggy Flemming, Maggie’s close friend, Paul Dooley as Walter Carpenter, Maggie’s father, and Christopher Meloni as Bob Kelly, Maggie’s fourth fiancée.

Remind yourself how awesome this classic Rom-Com film was. In the golden days of no smartphones or social media- just simple romance where the newspaper was the primary source of information.

Written by Dave Cunningham

Raised and born in West London. Dave is currently studying BA in Psychology at CUNY Hunter College. Netflix favourites: You, Stranger Things, Ozark & Virgin River.

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