Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) [R] ****

Charles (Hugh Grant) is commitment-phobic; he’ll happily be the best man at a wedding, but never the groom, because he’s incapable of making the lifetime commitment. Then he meets Carrie (Andie MacDowell) at the London wedding of two of his friends, and he’s instantly attracted to her. But, Carrie’s an American, so she’s never in London for long, and while Charles and Carrie keep meeting at weddings, and at a funeral, their timing is terrible.

This is a wonderful ensemble romantic comedy. The screenplay by Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, Love Actually, The Girl in the Café) sparkles with terrific dialog, the direction by Mike Newell (Mona Lisa Smile, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is excellent, and the soundtrack is memorable. But perhaps the best part of the film is the outstanding ensemble supporting cast of Charles’ friends, including his naïve and innocent roommate Scarlett (Charlotte Coleman), his deaf brother David and David’s girlfriend Serena (David Bower and Robin McCaffrey), landed gentry brother and sister Tom and Fiona (James Fleet and Kristin Scott Thomas), and gay couple Matthew and Gareth (John Hannahand Simon Callow). The film has stood the test of time remarkably well, and does not appear at all dated. So, if you’ve enjoyed films written by Richard Curtis, or you just enjoy wedding-themed romantic comedies like Cousins, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Wedding Date or 27 Dresses, then you will really enjoy Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Labels: comedy, drama, romance, wedding
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 81/100
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