Cinema: Altar Egos

Runaway Bride is deft, cheerful and lightweight

Maggie (Julia Roberts) runs a small-town hardware store. But she's more famous for leaving her bridegrooms at the altar. Ike (Richard Gere) is a newspaper columnist who writes a piece exaggerating her escapist exploits in terms sexist enough to get him fired. Are these people meant for each other or what?

Sure. Especially since they are the best-looking people on display in Runaway Bride, a movie that takes its good-natured time explaining Maggie's curious behavior and balancing it against Ike's less obvious failures (he has an intimacy problem, naturally). That time is for the most part cheerfully spent, however, as he...

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