Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)



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.

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Richard Curtis wrote this popular screwball comedy about a young Englishman whose confirmed avoidance of marriage begins to crumble when he meets the woman of his dreams--and she seduces him during a wedding at which he's supposed to be the best man! Cinematography by Michael Coulter; score by Richard Rodney Bennett.
R (for language, and for some sexuality.)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Gramercy Pictures

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Hugh Grant
as Charles
Simon Callow
as Gareth
John Hannah
as Matthew
David Bower
as David
Rowan Atkinson
as Father Gerald
Anna Chancellor
as Henrietta
Sara Crowe
as Laura
Rosalie Crutchley
as Mrs. Beaumont
Jeremy Kemp
as Sir John Delaney
Elspet Gray
as Laura's Mother
Philip Voss
as Laura's Father
Rupert Vansittart
as George the Boor at The Boatman
Kenneth Griffith
as Mad Old Man
Nicola Walker
as Frightful Folk Musician
Paul Stacey
as Frightful Folk Musician
Simon Kunz
as John with the Unfaithful Wife
Michael Mears
as The Boatman Waiter
Kenneth Griffiths
as Mad Old Man
David Wright
as Rock & Roll Band Member
Ray Uren
as Rock & Roll Band Member
Gordon Blackwell
as Rock & Roll Band Member
Ron Griffiths
as Rock & Roll Band
David Haig
as Bernard the Groom (2nd Wedding)
Sophie Thompson
as Lydia the Bride (2nd Wedding)
Donald Weedon
as Master of Ceremonies (2nd Wedding)
Nigel Hastings
as Tea-tasting Alistair (2nd Wedding)
Emily Morgan
as Vomiting Veronica (2nd Wedding)
Amanda Mealing
as Naughty Nicki (2nd Wedding)
Melissa Knatchbull
as Mocking Martha (2nd Wedding)
Polly Kemp
as Miss Piggy (2nd Wedding)
Hannah Taylor-Gordon
as Young Bridesmaid (2nd Wedding)
Bernice Stegers
as Shop Assistant (2nd Wedding)
Robert Lang
as Lord Hibbott (2nd Wedding)
Richard Allen
as Swing Band Member (2nd Wedding)
Mark James
as Swing Band Member (2nd Wedding)
Jason Bruer
as Swing Band Member (2nd Wedding)
Simon Wallace
as Swing Band Member (2nd Wedding)
James McDermid
as Swing Band Member (2nd Wedding)
Bryn Burrows
as Swing Band Member (2nd Wedding)
Paulette Ivory
as Swing Band Member (2nd Wedding)
Ken Drury
as Vicar (3rd Wedding)
Struan Rodger
as Best Man (3rd Wedding)
Lucy Hornack
as Married Woman (3rd Wedding)
Randall Paul
as Chester (3rd Wedding)
Pat Starr
as Gareth's Dance Partner (3rd Wedding)
Tim Thomas
as Doctor (3rd Wedding)
Neville Phillips
as Vicar (Funeral)
Susanna Hamnett
as Dierdre (4th Wedding)
John Abbott
as Polite Verger (4th Wedding)
Richard Butler
as Vicar (4th Wedding)
Richard Allen
as Swing Band Member (2nd Wedding)
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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
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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
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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."

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
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Audience Reviews for Four Weddings and a Funeral


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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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A flawed classic. Full review coming soon!

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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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.

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