This has been two decades since My closest friend’s Wedding — as well as the increase regarding the ‘Gay Best Friend’ trope

This has been two decades since My closest friend’s Wedding — as well as the increase regarding the ‘Gay Best Friend’ trope

The blockbuster film established Rupert Everett’s profession, however the impact that is long-term of part was not necessarily therefore hot for him or other LGBT actors.

By Rachel Giese Updated June 23, 2017

Image, TriStar Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection.

Women-centred movies could be an issue today, however in the 1990s women’s tales reigned in Hollywood.

The age that is golden of rom-com was a growth time for a certain type of actress: spunky, klutzy, pretty ( not intimidatingly so), white and slim. At any offered multiplex on any provided week-end, you could discover Drew Barrymore, Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock or, the queen associated with meet-cute, Julia Roberts playing a bookshop owner or a baker dropping for the architect through a number of star-crossed mishaps and pratfalls.

In many of the films, the girl-gets-boy happy ending ended up being fully guaranteed. An exception that is rare Roberts’ 1997 My Best Friend’s Wedding, which turns 20 this week. In this sly, vinegary function, a food critic called Julianne (Roberts) tries to thwart her closest friend Michael’s impending wedding into the impossibly naive Kimmy (Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz, correspondingly). Many people are unlikeable, and deliberately therefore — Julianne is selfish, Michael is filled with himself and Kimmy is a suck-up and a pushover. The actual only real character that is redeeming George (Rupert Everett), a homosexual guy that is also Julianne’s editor.

Played because of the suave Everett — whom arrived on the scene in 1990, making him one of the primary male that is openly gay — George pays, reasonable and playful. (in another of the movie’s best-loved scenes, he leads friends sing-a-long of “Say A Little Prayer. ”) But as being a dreamboat whom exists solely to aid and indulge Julianne, George became the model for the unpleasant pop music culture trope that persists to the time: the Gay closest friend. (more…)