Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

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Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Kristin Scott Thomas, David Bower (in his first film), Charlotte Coleman, Rowan Atkinson

Director: Mike Newell

Summary: A young man’s chance encounters with a beautiful woman are complicated by his close-knit extended family

Other Nominations: Original Screenplay

A reasonably funny, but mostly forgettable rom-com with a solid cast. This is Hugh Grant in his defining role as a handsome yet charmingly awkward Englishman, aka the role he played in most every movie he did afterwards. He’s good, but my favorite is Simon Callow, who’s hamming it up as much as humanly possible with his amazing voice and it’s glorious. It’s like he’s channeling Brian Blessed. The biggest issue I had is that Carrie’s really lacking in personality for a main love interest despite being intended as Grant’s soul mate. Overall, very standard rom-com stuff, decently funny with some charm, but not one of the better ones from the genre and a mediocre Best Picture nominee.

Rating: C-

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