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My Best Friend's Wedding
(1997)
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1997 Promo
2000 Bootleg
Album 2 Cover Art
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Promotional
(1997)

Friends Records Bootleg
(2000)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
No regular U.S. release. The December 1997 album was a 'for your consideration' promo meant for Academy voters. It originally sold for $50 at soundtrack specialty outlets. The 2000 bootleg has been more popular on the secondary market because of that addition of The Trigger Effect; this 'Friends Records' bootleg has double cover art that can also feature The Trigger Effect on the front.
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AWARDS
Nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
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Buy it... only if you are a James Newton Howard completist, in which case the bootleg with The Trigger Effect may be a better promo/bootleg to seek.

Avoid it... if you are only a casual fan of Howard's music, or are sickened by blatantly syrupy romantic comedy scores.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #194
WRITTEN 2/15/98, REVISED 3/12/06
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My Best Friend's Wedding: (James Newton Howard) It's a scenario in which we're absolutely sure how the film is going to resolve itself, but My Best Friend's Wedding succeeds in its ability defy those expectations. A splitting pair of college lovers decide that if they're both still single at age 28, they'll get married. The girlfriend, a famous food critic played by Julia Roberts, waits to hear from Dermot Mulroney as their birthdays approach, but when he does call her, it's to let her know that he's marrying someone else a few days before the deadline. Roberts' character, of course, sets out to sabotage the wedding, and while this plotline may sound predictable, P.J. Hogan's film isn't. The lead man's girlfriend isn't the ditzy blonde we expect Cameron Diaz to be, nor is Roberts' lead as sympathetic as we expect her to be. She gets down to some borderline criminal sabotage before we know it, and thus takes the film down a path we least expect. While deviating from the usual lines of romantic comedies that fly through the theatres all the time, the score by composer James Newton Howard plays along strictly familiar lines. It follows the comedy score standards established by Rachel Portman and Alan Silvestri without fail, and will likely make the elusive My Best Friend's Wedding score on album an item far more enticing for fans of those other composers than those who have compiled all of Howard's trademark suspense and action scores in their collections. Interestingly, recognition of Howard's work by the bodies that give out awards has been lacking through the years, and yet this somewhat anomalous entry in his career earned him both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations at a time when Hollywood was sucking up light romantic comedy music and AMPAS specifically added a "Comedy/Musical Score" category in which to house them. In that category, Howard's work here is deserving of recognition, but won't surprise or impress you in the genre.

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200 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.05 Stars
***** 44 5 Stars
**** 36 4 Stars
*** 43 3 Stars
** 41 2 Stars
* 36 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1997 Promo Tracks   ▼Total Time: 24:22
• 1. E-Mail (3:13)
• 2. You Were Jealous? (3:13)
• 3. Main Titles (1:10)
• 4. Michael's Bad News (1:04)
• 5. Marry Me! (2:04)
• 6. The Garden Chase (1:07)
• 7. Jules' Confession (2:35)
• 8. The Set Up (2:05)
• 9. Do You Love Him? (1:59)
• 10. Jules Makes the Call (0:53)
• 11. Jules Makes an Entrance (0:51)
• 12. Tell Him You Love Him (0:56)
• 13. It's Over (3:00)
2000 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:23

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Neither insert includes extra information about the scores or films.
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