MICHAEL: What’s up?
Up the white steps now. Together. The gazebo floor has been covered with hardwood. The perfect place. For a wedding dance. And Julianne… turns, suddenly. He almost runs into her. She is staring up at him, so strangely, their bodies only inches apart. He is caught, transfixed by the intensity in her eyes.
JULIANNE: I have to say this quick, okay, or I’ll have this massive coronary and you’ll never have to hear it. Which you need to. Does that make any sense at all?
The coronary part does. We can feel her heart beating from here.
MICHAEL: Jules, what’s wrong…
JULIANNE: This is the dumbest thing I will ever do. So dumb, in fact, that I can’t. I don’t think.
And then, she does. She puts her hands flat on his chest. Looks in his eyes.
JULIANNE: Michael, I love you.
A heartbeat passes.
JULIANNE: I’ve loved you for nine years, but I was too arrogant and scared to realize it. Now I’m just scared.
He stares at her, dumbstruck. She moves even closer.
JULIANNE: I know this comes at an inopportune time, but I have to ask this one really gigantic favor, okay?
Holds her breath. And…
JULIANNE: Choose me. Marry me. Let me make you happy.
And in a half beat of excruciating silence…
JULIANNE: I know. It sounds like three favors.
His eyes are loving. They care for her. She swallows, lost in them.
JULIANNE: But when you think about it…
Slides her arms around his neck, and raises her mouth…
… to his. The most beautiful kiss she will ever offer. All of her heart is in this, and as his hands touch her body…
… a SCREAM rips the world to pieces. They whirl to see…
… KIMMY, halfway up the path. Her hands across her mouth, as if to stem the horror that pours forth as she SHRIEKS from her soul.
— My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), written by Ron Bass
The Daily Dialogue theme this week is confessions of love suggested by Sabina Giado. Today’s suggestion by MonieNTheMoment.
Trivia: In the original ending, after watching Michael and Kimberly leave the wedding reception, Julianne meets a man (played by John Corbett). This ending did not test well and audiences wanted to see more of George, so a new ending was filmed.
Dialogue On Dialogue: These moments are always so tricky to pull off in rom-coms. We, the audience, know the couple belongs together, sometimes long before the characters. So the characters not only have to satisfy whatever they have going on, their words also have to satisfy us. After all, we’ve been following their actions for nearly 2 hours. What makes this exchange work for me are these lines: “Choose me. Marry me. Let me make you happy.” Short. To the point. Honest. How about you?