While it has its mawkish moments, this is a surprisingly cynical and acidic picture, with its jaded view of romance apparent from the satirical opening titles. Julia Roberts -- in her best role in years -- plays a woman who made a bargain with best friend Dermot Mulroney to marry at age 28 if they weren't already wed. When Mulroney decides to tie the knot with sweet Cameron Diaz, Roberts goes nuts and vows to sabotage the wedding. Rupert Everett is terrific as Roberts' gay confidant, and there are some surprising scenes, including a woman with her tongue stuck to an ice sculpture in a most untoward location. It was a huge hit at the box office, with enough genuine romance to satisfy purists and enough bite for those with a slightly different attitude.
by Robert Firsching review