Four Weddings and a Funeral is a quite rare romantic comedy that was nominated for Best Picture. Even in an Oscar heavy year like 1994. It was also the film that made Hugh Grant the romantic lead in every rom-com in the 90’s and early 2000’s. His doe-eyed Britishness really rubbed off on American audiences. Four Weddings and a Funeral is aptly named. Since it does in fact feature four separate weddings and a single funeral. Strangely enough, I’ve also attended exactly 4 weddings and 1 funeral in my life. The inspiration was from the writer attending weddings on a regular basis.
Grant plays Charles, a perpetually single bloke who’s always late to other people’s weddings. Until he encounters Andie MacDowell as American girl Carrie. Although they fancy each other, it never seems to be the right time for them. Each wedding (and funeral) is like a separate but connected segment with a humorous ensemble of single Brits. Wedding one is between two acquaintances. Its best bit is Charles misplacing the wedding rings. Wedding two is between two friends who hooked up at the last wedding. The more memorable bit is Rowan Atkinson as a nervous priest.
As well as Charles being hounded by past girlfriends and being stuck in the closet while the bride and groom consummate. Wedding three is more personal since it’s Carrie’s to another man. Followed by the unexpected funeral of a close friend. Wedding four is Charles and a mystery girl. Of course it wouldn’t be a rom-com if the wedding wasn’t called off with a kiss in the rain between true loves. That also contains the super cheesy line “Is it Still Raining? I Hadn’t Noticed.” Four Weddings and a Funeral is just too sincere not to make it all work.