The movie, Four Weddings and a Funeral (released in 1994), coincided with the beginning of my college years. I remember watching the movie and thinking, This is it. This is the kind of movie I love. This is a perfect movie.
I can’t believe Four Weddings turns 20 this year. Here are eight reasons I think Four Weddings is the perfect movie.
Yes, Charles (Hugh Grant), in all of his bumbling, awkward endearment, is adorable. We won’t talk about Hugh’s scandalous escapade in 1995. That didn’t happen, people. It didn’t. Anyway, I wanted to marry Charles myself as did every other woman who watched him fumble words and pine for love without being too pitiful.
She’s kind of awful, but because she landed the affections of Charles, she gave us all hope that we could find a Charles of our own. I mean, the way she led the poor guy on is quite cringe-worthy. But it just makes Charles even more lovable. Is that how American women are perceived in the UK? I wonder.
Everyone needs friends like the crew in Four Weddings: Fiona, Charles, Tom, Gareth, Matthew, and Scarlet. They stick it out through good and bad, and they aren’t afraid to speak the truth to one another. They are there for one another through rites of passage and love and death. Everyone needs forever friends like that.
4. Unrequited Love
Ah, the sting of unrequited love. We all know it. I think Four Weddings handles this subject matter quite perfectly. We can live through Fiona’s brush with the awkwardly uncomfortable, and maybe even heal from our own one-sided longings.
5. True Love
Everyone should have a true love like Matthew and Gareth. If Matthew’s reading of W.H. Auden’s “Funeral Blues” doesn’t make you cry? You may not have a soul.
Four Weddings and a Funeral was shot in the summer of 1993 over the course of 36 days, and it’s still brilliant. This means the acting is superb. The actors hit all the right notes both comedically and dramatically.
7. Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis knows how to write love and friendship like no one else. He is also responsible for writing other fan favorites: Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and Love Actually to name a few.
8. Great lines
The writing is quirky and awkward and witty, and I love it. Here are a couple of examples.
Tom: The great advantage of having a reputation for being stupid: People are less suspicious of you.
Charles: All these weddings, all these years, all that blasted salmon and champagne, and here I am on my own wedding day, and I’m … eh … em … eh … still thinking.
Matthew: Well, can I ask about what?
Charles: No … no … I think, best not.
Those lines make you want to watch it all over again, don’t they? Me, too.
Just for the record, if you haven’t seen Four Weddings and a Funeral, we can’t be friends. So find a copy, and get watching!
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