Weekly movie night: Four Weddings and a Funeral

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I’m pretty sure I have these glasses

Last night I finished watching Four Weddings and a Funeral. It was another film from which I remember only snippets of. The film came out in 1994 and although I can’t find an academic reference (and thus would fail were this an essay*) to it being the gateway film for all following romantic comedies, it definitely is.

Four Weddings follows follows the adventures of a group of friends through the eyes of Charles (Hugh Grant), a good-natured but socially awkward Briton, who is smitten with Carrie (Andie MacDowell), an American whom Charles repeatedly meets at four weddings and at a funeral.

A few observations:

Spoiler alert: both Carrie and Charles are horrible, unlikable characters. Carrie cheats on her fiance like it ain’t no thing and Charles slinks back to an emotionally unstable ex-girlfriend, proposes to her and then dumps and her and her giant white puffy sleeves at the alter. Certified douchebag behaviour.

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NOT OK Hugh

It’s a very funny movie. A great script and well acted.

1994 fashion is well and truly back. There were many outfits (save for a few ankle grazing hemlines) that would not be out of place in 2015. I would pretty much wear anything Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas) wears. All of the wedding dresses are predictably hideous though.

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Amazing hat

Hugh Grant was rather dishy. I can sort of understand why he was such a heart throb now.

I like the movie’s message about friendship. All of the romantic relationships are portrayed pretty badly, but the enduring friendships are something to take away from all this.

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Your thoughts? Have you seen Four Weddings?

(*I’m actually rather surprised I never wrote an essay on this movie at university. I did complete a Bachelor of Arts after all.)

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4 Responses to Weekly movie night: Four Weddings and a Funeral

  1. Patrick Caruana says:

    Bec, I’m sorry I saw this when it came out and to be honest hated it. I think that this movie cemented my loathing for Hugh Grant who has played the same bumbling simpering dunce in all of his films Sorry I cant stand his pathetic style. The only salvation for this movie was the great acting of Simon Callow, (the bloke with the tartan in the photo above) I lost a bit of my admiration for Andie MacDowell as well. (having fallen in love with her and Laura San Giacomo in a great movie called ‘Sex Lies and Videotape” from around 1991 I think.)

    The only time I have liked Hugh Grant was in ‘Love Actually” which I reckon is a BRILLIANT movie. Have you seen that? If not I recommend you do. Both “Weddings” and “Love Actually” were directed by Richard Curtis. Bill Nighy’s character in “Love Actually” is a classic.

    Cheers,

    Patrick

  2. Mei says:

    I find this movie is alright, I prefer Notting Hill thought. However, I am a sucker for hugh grant movies especially with a love story.

    Love your posts!

    Love Mei xoxo

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