Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) - Review

by - January 03, 2019

Synopsis: A British man named Charles and an American woman named Carrie who go through numerous weddings before they determine if they are right for one another.

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At a friend's wedding, an unlucky in love Englishman named Charles (Hugh Grant) meets Carrie (Andie McDowell), an attractive American and is instantly smitten.

The two spend a magical night together, but unfortunately, she has to return to the States the next morning, which puts a premature end to their love story... at least until their paths meet again over the course of three more weddings and a funeral.

This had been a movie I had been wanting to see for a very long time, but I found that I was more invested in the lives of the secondary characters than the love story between Charles and Carrie, and unfortunately, we don't get as much insight into them as I would have liked.

The issue is that while we get to know Charles, we don't really get to see much of Carrie beyond the brief moments Charles spends with her at the weddings and funeral. I couldn't figure out what it was about her that Charles was so besotted with. She was a bit dull, in love (supposedly) with another man whom she had no issue with cheating on... and McDowell's delivery was straight up wooden.

Is it wrong I was rooting for Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas
) here? I felt as though I had a better grasp on her character than I did McDowell's. The relationship between Gareth (Simon Callow) and Matthew (John Hannah) was certainly more romantic and loving and I was absolutely more emotionally invested in their story than I was Carrie and Charles. This just felt like one of those movies where my interest waned whenever Carrie was on screen.

Not my favorite of Hugh Grant's rom-com resume, but this movie did introduce us to the awkward, bumbling style he's perfected, so it was good for something.

Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie McDowell, John Hannah, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rowan Atkinson
Directed by: Mike Newell
Rated: R
Watched: 09.29.2018
Fun Facts:
- Hugh Grant's audition was a video recording of when he was his brother's best man.
- In an online British poll, Carrie was voted one of the most annoying film characters of all time.
- Marisa Tomei and Jeanne Tripplehorn both turned down the role of Carrie.
- Rowan Atkinson's favorite film role.
Notable Song: Chapel of Love by Elton John

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