Moments #1. I keep forgetting which films I see, so here’s a small project. In the spirit of the film critic Manny Farber, who thought that film was about moments, I’m going to try to do a short post about a particular moment in the film when I watch something. Think of it as a deliberate strategy to try not to write too much.
The Runaway Bride teams up Richard Gere and Julia Roberts nine years after Pretty Woman, borrowing the plot of a 1947 Ginger Rogers’ film, It Had To Be You.
He’s a columnist on a big city paper. She’s the woman who keeps ditching her would-be husbands at the altar (three and counting). He knocks up an inaccurate column about her, she complains (in the sort of witty letter-to-the-editor you only get in movies), he gets fired, he decides he needs to go and meet her to find out the truth. It’s not a great film, by the way. As the vastly lamented Philip French put it, “Scene after scene falls flat, and promising situations are set up only to expire like deflating balloons.”
It’s a romantic comedy, so you can fill in the rest of the plot right from there.
The moment (and massive spoiler alert): She’s about to marry him (like I said, you can fill the rest of the plot right there) but she runs away from the church and gets a lift from a FedEx van.
“Where’s she going?” asks a guest.
The reply: “I don’t know, but she’s guaranteed to get there by 10.30 tomorrow morning.”