So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)



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Comic actor and former Saturday Night Live stock player Mike Myers attempted to transform himself from the goofy title character in Wayne's World (1992) (and its sequel) into a romantic leading man with this box office disappointment. Myers stars as Charlie Mackenzie, a San Francisco poet who meets the girl of his dreams, Harriet Michaels (Nancy Travis) when he stops to pick up some haggis for his parents at Meats of the World, a butcher shop where Harriet works. Although he's been neurotically commitment-phobic in the past (dumping one girlfriend because she "smelled like soup"), Charlie thinks Harriet could be the one. That is, until his mother May (Brenda Fricker) and cop best friend Tony (Anthony LaPaglia) begin to suspect that Harriet could be an axe-wielding serial killer who has butchered several husbands. Harriet's wacky sister Rose (Amanda Plummer) and her connection to several of the slayings make Charlie nervous, but he nevertheless pops the question, leading to an eventful honeymoon where all is revealed. Although So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) earned less than $12 million at the U.S. box office, Myers hit upon the Peter Sellers-inspired formula of playing various supporting characters with this film, portraying Charlie's amusingly paranoid father Stuart. The actor repeated the trick with greater success in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and its sequel. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
Comedy , Romance
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Mike Myers
as Charlie/Stuart Mackenzie
Nancy Travis
as Harriet Michaels
Anthony LaPaglia
as Tony Giardino
Amanda Plummer
as Rose Michaels
Brenda Fricker
as May Mackenzie
Charles Grodin
as Car Driver
Phil Hartman
as Park Ranger
Debi Mazar
as Susan
Patrick Bristow
as Cafe Roads Performer
Cintra Wilson
as Cafe Roads Emcee
as Police Records Officer
Alan Arkin
as Police Captain
Maureen O'Boyle
as `A Current Affair' Anchorwoman
Al Nalbandian
as Butchershop Customer
Steve Dunleavy
as `A Current Affair' Reporter
Mike Hagerty
as Obituary Employee
Michael G. Hagerty
as Obituary Employee
Michael Richards
as Obituary Employee
Glen Vernon
as Uncle Angus
Paul Sanchez
as Serenade Musician
Wanda McCaddon
as Auntie Molly
Keith Selvin
as Young Stuart
Maggy Myers Davidson
as Tony's Dance Partner
Robert Nichols
as Scottish Minister
Robert Black
as Wedding Reception Accordionist
John Taylor
as Wedding Reception Fiddler
Ken Johnson
as Walter the Plumber
Kelvin Han Yee
as Master Cho
Joe Bellan
as Man with Bimbo
Greg Germann
as Desk Clerk
Ken Grantham
as Maitre D'
Cynthia Frost
as Mrs. Levenstein
Fred Ornstein
as Mr. Levenstein
John X. Heart
as Waiter
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Critic Reviews for So I Married an Axe Murderer

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A tres hip slice of life about the dilemma of marital commitment with just a pinch of Hitchcock providing the cutting edge.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
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Myers pumps out a river of inventive shtick, but it doesn't cohere or connect; he seems less a character than a comedian doing couch time on a late-night talk show.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Chicago Reader
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Like an exploding haggis, funny but extremely messy.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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The look of So I Married an Axe Murderer is crisply professional, and John Graysmark's production design provides an element of visual surprise.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Juggling mirth, romance and murder requires a deft touch -- think of Hitchcock's Trouble With Harry. Axe is a blunt instrument.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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It doesn't help matters much that director Thomas Schlamme pays homage to great marital murder mysteries of the past, mostly because the attempts to borrow from the classics are so halfhearted.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for So I Married an Axe Murderer

To Be honest its not brilliant but its a pretty decent film and its quite amusing and i guess its worth a watch

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Harriet Michaels: Do you actually like haggis? Charlie Mackenzie: No, I think it's repellent in every way. In fact, I think most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare. Mike Myers is the star of a fairly decent movie in terms of its story, but its made better due to the numerous cameos and a particular character Myers also stars as. Harriet Michaels: What do you look for in a woman you date? Charlie Mackenzie: Well, I know everyone always says sense of humor, but I'd really have to go with breast size. Myers plays Charlie, a coffee shop owner and poet in San Francisco who happens to meet the most beautiful Butcher of all time played by Nancy Travis. While initially finding himself instantly smitten with her, his past fears of commitment really take a toll when he becomes suspicious that his girlfriend may in fact be a serial killer. Its a romantic comedy with a twist, but that's just the main plot. Myers does a good enough job as the straight lead character, providing enough one-liners along the way, including his ridiculous poems. John Johnson: My name is John Johnson but everyone here calls me Vicki. The real joy comes from the supporting characters. Myers' also plays his own father who is hysterical. Stuart Mackenzie: I'm not kidding, that boy's head is like Sputnik; spherical but quite pointy at parts! Now that was offside, wasn't it? He'll be crying himself to sleep tonight, on his huge pillow. There are also little parts from Phil Hartman, Alan Arkin, Steven Wright, Michael Richards, and Charles Grodin that all fill in fun in their little moments. Its not doing anything special in terms of breaking romantic comedy ground, but I've seen this a lot and still find it enjoyable. It has a lot of good laughs due to it actually being funny opposed to the recent work from Myers - Love Guru. Stuart Mackenzie: Well, it's a well known fact, Sonny Jim, that there's a secret society of the five wealthiest people in the world, known as The Pentavirate, who run everything in the world, including the newspapers, and meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado, known as The Meadows. Tony Giardino: So who's in this Pentavirate? Stuart Mackenzie: The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, *and* Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee *beady* eyes, and that smug look on his face. "Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!" Charlie Mackenzie: Dad, how can you hate "The Colonel"? Stuart Mackenzie: Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, smartass!

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This guy always falls for the wrong girl. This time he thinks he's married a killer.

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