Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

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Critic Consensus: While frothy to a fault, Four Weddings and a Funeral features irresistibly breezy humor, and winsome performances from Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.

Movie Info

This British romantic comedy observes a confirmed bachelor as he witnesses the marriages of his closest friends and falls hopelessly in love with an enigmatic and unobtainable American woman. Charles may be handsome, elegant and witty, but he is also clumsy and filled with self-doubt; especially when it comes to women. At an English country wedding, he encounters Carrie, a lovely American. The two spend a hot night together. Three months later, Charles is late for another wedding. Again he sees Carrie. He is crushed to discover that she is betrothed to another. The two meet for a luncheon. Carrie tells Charles of her sexual exploits. Charles can't help himself and tells her how he feels about her. It is for naught, as Carrie is determined to marry Sir Hamish at his Scottish estate. Charles attends that wedding too. There he encounters his weepy ex-girlfriend. A close friend of Charles and his friends dies at the wedding, and later they attend his funeral. Time passes and Charlie decides to get married to the ex-girlfriend. The story climaxes with a predictable, but delightfully executed surprise.more
Rating: R (for language, and for some sexuality.)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Curtis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 7, 1999
Runtime:
Gramercy Pictures

Cast

Hugh Grant
as Charles
John Hannah
as Matthew
Anna Chancellor
as Henrietta
Rowan Atkinson
as Father Gerald
Rosalie Crutchley
as Mrs. Beaumont
Jeremy Kemp
as Sir John Delaney
Elspet Gray
as Laura's Mother
Philip Voss
as Laura's Father
Kenneth Griffith
as Mad Old Man
Rupert Vansittart
as George the Boor at T...
Nicola Walker
as Frightful Folk Music...
Paul Stacey
as Frightful Folk Music...
Simon Kunz
as John with the Unfait...
Michael Mears
as The Boatman Waiter
Kenneth Griffiths
as Mad Old Man
David Wright
as Rock & Roll Band Mem...
Ray Uren
as Rock & Roll Band Mem...
Gordon Blackwell
as Rock & Roll Band Mem...
Ron Griffiths
as Rock & Roll Band
David Haig
as Bernard the Groom (2...
Sophie Thompson
as Lydia the Bride (2nd...
Donald Weedon
as Master of Ceremonies...
Nigel Hastings
as Tea-tasting Alistair...
Emily Morgan
as Vomiting Veronica (2...
Amanda Mealing
as Naughty Nicki (2nd W...
Melissa Knatchbull
as Mocking Martha (2nd ...
Polly Kemp
as Miss Piggy (2nd Wedd...
Hannah Taylor-Gordon
as Young Bridesmaid (2n...
Bernice Stegers
as Shop Assistant (2nd ...
Robert Lang
as Lord Hibbott (2nd We...
Richard Allen
as Swing Band Member (2...
Mark James
as Swing Band Member (2...
Jason Bruer
as Swing Band Member (2...
Simon Wallace
as Swing Band Member (2...
James McDermid
as Swing Band Member (2...
Bryn Burrows
as Swing Band Member (2...
Paulette Ivory
as Swing Band Member (2...
Ken Drury
as Vicar (3rd Wedding)
Struan Rodger
as Best Man (3rd Weddin...
Lucy Hornack
as Married Woman (3rd W...
Randall Paul
as Chester (3rd Wedding...
Pat Starr
as Gareth's Dance Partn...
Tim Thomas
as Doctor (3rd Wedding)
Neville Phillips
as Vicar (Funeral)
Susanna Hamnett
as Dierdre (4th Wedding...
John Abbott
as Polite Verger (4th W...
Richard Butler
as Vicar (4th Wedding)
Richard Allen
as Swing Band Member (2...
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Critic Reviews for Four Weddings and a Funeral

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (15)

Although the film is basically a light romantic comedy, it couldn't be more psychologically astute in its portrait of a man who defines himself by his bachelorhood, which empowers him to get past his fear of commitment.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Deftly written by Richard Curtis and directed by the versatile Mike Newell, Four Weddings is as good as its word, breezily following a small circle of friends through every one of the events the title promises.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Four Weddings and a Funeral is one of those rare films that have you smiling from the get-go, and keep you that way -- with a few well-earned poignant interludes (including, of all things, a reading of W.H. Auden) -- right to the end.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Hugh Grant's body English captures every nuance of his character's confusion precisely and hilariously.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The setup is too arch to support the movie's detour into poignance, though John Hannah does give a moving reading of W. H. Auden's "Funeral Blues."

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

The infectious charm and sunny goodwill of Four Weddings and a Funeral can so immediately buoy a soul ravaged by winter weather and winter movies.

Full Review… | February 3, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Four Weddings and a Funeral

½

Its the work of the director, Mike Newell, that juices this bit of contrivance that has Grant and MacDowell (whom you instantly surmise will be together by film's end) always brushing into one another, their friends ever intruding, only to break up right before committing to a committed relationship (Hey, that's coitus interruptus!). Newell manages to keep the obviousness of the contrivance from putting you off film altogether while the friends mainly try to keep their excitement about being onscreen at all from being too apparent.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A flawed classic. Full review coming soon!

danperry17
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

I have now watched this movie twice and i still don't understand why this movie is rated high.
Yes it has a huge, wonderful cast and Richard Curtis is a delightful writer, however this movie is just boring and predictable from the start. you really don't have to watch the whole two hours of this movie in order to know where its going and whats its about.
If this is the best of British Comedy then i'd be very worried!

A mediocre movie, an obvious plot but a good cast and funny moments.

FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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