Four Weddings and a Funeral [1994]

As a pleasant Saturday-afternoon diversion, it succeeds. As a comedy, it doesn’t. Not to the point where it’s annoying or uncomfortable, but Four Weddings and a Funeral is simply not funny. But it’s cute enough, and very well-constructed and written. Quirky wedding hijinks are amusing, but it’s the cast that makes this film a classic. For the first (and last) time, Hugh Grant does something that remotely resembles acting. James Fleet, Kristin Scott Thomas and Charlotte Coleman do a nice job. But the best performance is that of John Hannah. The funeral from the title is incredibly moving thanks to Hannah’s award-worthy performance. On the other hand, Andie McDowell is the blandest actress I’ve ever seen (and a terrible casting mistake).

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