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Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

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Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.

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Mike Newell

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Charles - Wedding One
James Fleet ... Tom - Wedding One
Simon Callow ... Gareth - Wedding One
John Hannah ... Matthew - Wedding One
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Fiona - Wedding One
David Bower David Bower ... David - Wedding One
Charlotte Coleman ... Scarlett - Wedding One
Andie MacDowell ... Carrie - Wedding One (as Andie Macdowell)
Timothy Walker Timothy Walker ... Angus the Groom - Wedding One
Sara Crowe ... Laura the Bride - Wedding One
Ronald Herdman Ronald Herdman ... Vicar - Wedding One
Elspet Gray ... Laura's Mother - Wedding One
Philip Voss ... Laura's Father - Wedding One
Rupert Vansittart ... George the Boor at The Boatman - Wedding One
Nicola Walker ... Frightful Folk Duo - Wedding One
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Storyline

The film follows the fortunes of Charles and his friends as they wonder if they will ever find true love and marry. Charles thinks he's found "Miss Right" in Carrie, an American. This British subtle comedy revolves around Charlie, his friends and the four weddings and one funeral which they attend. Written by Rob Hartill

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wedding | funeral | gay | cafe | hotel | See All (124) »

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love is on the air, run for cover See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

15 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Four Weddings and a Funeral See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$52,700,832

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$245,700,832
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Rowan Atkinson and Kristin Scott Thomas later appeared as husband and wife in Keeping Mum (2005) with Maggie Smith. See more »

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The catalogue that Charles holds while shopping for Carrie's wedding. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charles: [wakes up and looks at his bedside clock] Oh... *fuck*! Fuck!
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Crazy Credits

Kristin Scott Thomas, who played the hapless Fiona, never noticed by Hugh Grant, does better in the end credits where she is shown in faked photos marrying Prince Charles. See more »

Alternate Versions

The filmmakers were under contract to produce a version suitable for American TV. So instead of overdubbing, EVERY scene with harsh language - no matter how complex - was re-shot and less offensive words substituted. Most noticeable are the following (among others): 1) the beginning, where "bugger" has replaced "fuck" (and does so for the duration of the film); 2) George, the reader at the first wedding, is talking to Charles about having gone to school with the groom's brother, "Bufty" (which is slang for homosexual). His theatrical "Buggered me senseless" line has been toned down to "Beat me till my bottom turned blue"; and 3) the scene during Carrie's wedding, where "fuck-a-doodle-doo" has been replaced with Charles sighing and saying, "Well, that's that, then". There is much more alternate footage used. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Christopher Walken/Joan Osborne (1996) See more »

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Crocodile Rock
(1972)
Written by Elton John (as John) / Bernie Taupin (as Taupin)
Published by Polygram Music Publishing Ltd.
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OK but not worth the reputation it has surprisingly held with it over the past decade
16 July 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Charles' habit of being late to pretty much everything he does and attends doesn't stop him being best man at a friend's wedding. While there he meets (and beds) the delightful American Carrie and finds himself quite attracted to her and regrets that she flies back to America the same day. At another wedding he meets her again but finds that she has gotten engaged to a rather rich Scottish man and is off the market – although that doesn't stop her sleeping with Charles again. As her wedding approaches, Charles begins to realise that his marrying days are fast passing him by and the woman that he loves may never be his.

Despite this film "the best British film ever"™ it has been many years since I last saw it so I decided to watch it again. With a simple plot, a lot rests on the central "romance" and the characters and for me it doesn't totally work on this level. The group of friends are reasonably well written but they are very much a public school crowd that are rather aloof and therefore failed to engage me – it spoke volumes to me that Scarlet was the only one I liked, partly perhaps because she was just a down to earth character. Without this emotional hook in the people, I never got that into it and just let it wash over me as a comedy. However on this level it didn't set the world on fire; sure it was amusing and had some very funny moments but not enough to be worth the reputation it has gained over the years.

The lack of characters are helped by what I consider to be two rather uninspiring performances from the lead. Grant does his usual "bumbling Englishman" stuff and back in 1994 it seemed fresh; now it appears to be pretty much all he has done and this cannot fail to colour it looking back. He isn't helped by a total lack of chemistry with MacDowell who, lets be honest, is pretty insipid and poor for most of the film. Her lines sound unnatural and I just didn't like her at all. The support characters are colourful enough; Callow is great value, Hannah is the only one that manages to bring some real feeling into the film, Coleman is cool and the others are nice. Smaller roles are also good from Walker, Bower and a funny cameo from Atkinson. None of them can really consistently lift the material but they are pretty good – the problems are not with the support, it is with the leads.

Overall this is an OK film but it is certainly nothing more than that. The comedy is sporadic and it produces a few laughs but not enough often enough. The romance falls flat because the dialogue is clunky and the two leads have little chemistry – a fact not helped by MacDowell's roundly poor performance. Worth a look if the genre appeals to you but not really worth the reputation that the media hype and shock of a profitable English film earned it at the time.


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