Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
United Kingdom, 1994. Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Channel Four Films, Working Title Films. Screenplay by Richard Curtis. Cinematography by Michael Coulter. Produced by Duncan Kenworthy. Music by Richard Rodney Bennett. Production Design by Maggie Gray. Costume Design by Lindy Hemming. Film Editing by Jon Gregory.
Hysterical comedy hit from England that launched the careers of most performers involved. Goofy Hugh Grant and his many wacky friends experience the titular events while trying to survive their own relationship landmines in the process. At the first wedding, Grant meets an American visitor (Andie MacDowell showing the worst comedic timing) with whom he is immediately smitten; unfortunately, the third wedding in the story is hers. Line after hilarious line is tossed out at you from Richard Curtis’ solid script, and then when it’s time for the funeral to hit, you really will be thrown for an emotional loop. Kristin Scott Thomas is also brilliant as the haute couture member of the social group, and audiences will be delighted to see some of their worst wedding nightmares lived out on screen in blazing colour.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture; Best Original Screenplay
Golden Globe Award: Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Hugh Grant)
Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Andie MacDowell); Best Screenplay