“My Best Friend’s Wedding” premiered 20 years ago today and, like so many other films from the 1990s, it didn’t exactly stand the test of time.
Starring Julia Roberts as Julianne, a 27-year-old food critic who’s fighting to win back her one-time boyfriend, Michael (Dermot Mulroney), as he prepares to wed bright-eyed, 20-year-old Kimmy (Cameron Diaz), “My Best Friend’s Wedding” would probably look markedly different if it was made in 2017.
Though it remains one of the most lucrative, and some might say beloved, romantic comedies in history, much of the plot would be foiled by social media, smart phones and more modern social norms.
Here are a few examples.
1. Jules and Michael would probably be older: The film revolves around a simple agreement that the two main characters made when they were young: If they were both still single at 28, they would marry each other. “The one constant thing in my life is that he’ll always be there,” Jules, just weeks away from her birthday, confidently said of their relationship. Unfortunately for her, Michael met Kimmy before the deadline and she finds herself reeling over the possibility of having to live her life without him by her side.
However, social norms have shifted a bit since 1997. So it’s possible, if not probable, that if the film were to be recreated today, Jules and Michael would be a little older. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center analysis, the median age for marriage is steadily climbing, at 26.5 for brides and 28.7 for grooms. The study also indicated that in 2013, only 20 percent of adults ages 18 to 29 were married. So today, the marriage deal may not have been made at all.
2. Jules wouldn’t have been caught off guard when she found out Michael was engaged: In the movie, Jules falls to the ground when she discovers that Michael has proposed to someone else. In today’s technology-obsessed world, communication has become easier than ever. It seems unlikely that Michael, her best friend, wouldn’t…