FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL is about a man (Hugh Grant from
Sirens) and a woman (Andie MacDowell from Sex, Lies, and Videotape) who
keep running into each other at weddings (4) and funerals (1). A
delightful plot. Grant is in instant love with MacDowell. She likes
him, but he is merely her "32nd lover". The scene where she tells him
his number is priceless as is all of the witty script by Richard
Grant on the other hand is scorned as "a serial monogamist" who
has, with MacDowell, fallen in serious love for the first time. He has
not had as many (8) lovers as MacDowell, and he has been unable to
commit to any of them. There is a great scene where they seat him at a
table with many of his ex-girlfriends - a real dinner party from Hell
as they recount old stories. The direction by Mike Newell in this and
most other scenes is right on the mark.
The characters are all written as fairly shallow people, and their
lines have no subtle hidden meanings. The writer was content with just
making a very funny and light hearted comedy. It really works. Many
lines are hilarious. He has filled the script with more interesting
characters that you can count. The third string characters in his
script are quite funny.
The major scene stealer is the brother (a newcomer named David
Bower). He cannot speak, but there is more funny sign language than I
have ever seen in a movie. Bower is handsome and wise. His scene at
the last wedding is the high point of the show. The funniest scene
however goes to Grant's speech as the Best Man at the first wedding.
Although this is not the sort of movie that you will think about
next year or even next month, you will have a very good time at it.
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL lasts 1:57, but it seems much shorter due
to careful editing (Jon Gregory). It is rated R, but it is a light
weight R. Teenagers should love this show as well as adults. Take a
date; it's great fun. It made *** in my book and is certainly a thumbs
Copyright © 1995 Steve Rhodes