The Oblivious One(s): Michael; Julianne and George
The Wrench in the System: Kimberly (Cameron Diaz); George’s homosexuality.
Synopsis: Julianne waits until the eve of Michael’s wedding to reveal her feelings for him. In the end he picks thinner, younger, blonder, richer, ditzier Kimberly (even though Julianne has moves he’s never seen before). Julianne ends up dancing with her gay friend George at the reception, which, for some reason, I’ve always interpreted as a sign that they were going to start something up--as if Julianne’s desperation had somehow "cured" George of his homosexuality.
Satisfying? Yes, but not merely because the relationship remains platonic. I don’t think that Julianne deserved Michael. Before she asks him to marry her instead of Kimberly, Julianne tries to sabotage the wedding. So I’m glad that all of her self-serving scheming didn’t pay off. (If you look back at Julia Roberts’ career, you’ll see that most of the characters that she’s played have been similarly unlikable). As far as Julianne’s relationship with George, well, I don’t even understand what the hell’s going on there. I’m an open-minded person and do think that sexuality can be more fluid than most people believe it to be, but I don’t really understand what I’m supposed to take from this ending. If it simply means that George is the kind of true blue friend who’ll be there for you when your attempts to spoil the happiness of another friend fail, then I guess I’m okay with that. I guess that’s kind of sweet.
The Wrench in the System: Preston’s infatuation with Amanda (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Denise’s unfortunate haircut and fashion sense, and the fact that neither of them understands how perfect they are for each other.
Synopsis: The love letter that Preston wrote for Amanda finds its way into her hands, she confronts him at a train station and tells him that she might be interested in a relationship. They end up together while Denise starts dating diminutive Kenny Fisher (Seth Green).
Satisfying? No, not at all. I hate that Preston winds up with Amanda, partially because her hair is really weird but also because he and Denise are perfectly matched (Both Andie and Maggie are more mature than Duckie or Lucas, so the relationships probably wouldn’t have worked anyway). Even though I have a few good-looking male friends and acquaintances that I’m not attracted to, I just can’t wrap my head around a completely platonic relationship between two single people in a movie.