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Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)


Hugh Grant
Andie MacDowell
Kristin Scott Thomas
Simon Callow

Directed by Mike Newell

Four Weddings and a Funeral is one of those movies in the 90s that became something we all talked about. It has to do with the lives of friends who meet at social occasions and a romantic story which stars Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.
This movie became the first in the many collaboration between Grant and screen writer Richard Curtis and has been tagged as one of the best comedies you can see.

The movie is filled with some engaging comedic conversations which I have to give credit to Curtis for crafting. The movie is about a bunch of friends all having to deal with the life of being single and going to social events. At one wedding Charles (Grant) meets Carrie (MacDowell) and they spend some nights together before she goes back to America. They meet again at another wedding and there Charles realize that he has not in the past been the best of boyfriends. They spend another night together and Charles again failed to take the chance of making Carrie his.

The next time they meet was at another wedding and there Charles realize that he has missed his chance with Carrie and now there is a funeral of one of his crew to attend. At the funeral Charles is faced to ponder if he will ever find true love.
There is another wedding after the funeral and there Charles has to choose whether to go for Carrie or settle with the one he is with.

The above synopsis is like so, so as not to drop spoilers on who is getting married and who is being buried.

Made with about $5 million the movie went on to be an unexpected huge success grossing over $245 million. The movie production was done with a tight budget, where they had to retain cast so as not to pay for more and some of the extras came with their own clothes.

The movie happens to be this successful because of Curtis writing, Grant’s fantastic performance and Mike Newell’s direction.

It went on to receive an Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay (for Curtis). The movie also won for Grant the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Also at the BAFTAs it won Best Film, Best Direction, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Scott Thomas.

This was the film that propelled Grant to stardom and seeing it now, the movie is still funny and easy to enjoy.


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