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The Runaway Bride (Movies)

"Do you mind helping me out? A friend's sister is missing, a runaway bride thing."
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"You can laser a guy's name off your ass, but I wonder whether you can really ever cut him out of your heart. I guess if I do find my runaway bride, we'll have the next twelve hours to discuss the matter while waiting for the next train home from San Luis Obispo."

Julia Roberts didn't invent the concept of runaway brides, but her 1999 feature with Richard Gere was fresh in the minds of public and press when a real-life runaway bride, Jennifer Wilbanks, appeared...disappeared...then reappeared in 2005, and a media circus, much like that described in the movie, ensued. In the frenzy, the real stars were the spin-offs; like the "experts" who used the occasion as an opportunity to pontificate on racism (due to Wilbanks falsely alleging that she had been abducted by a Hispanic male and white female) and individual responsibility for wasted public funds, to the enterprising "Jennifer's High Tailin' Hot Sauce."

2.15 "The Quick and the Wed"

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