Four Weddings and a Funeral

Movie review by
Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
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Sexy, funny, romantic comedy at its finest.
  • R
  • 1994
  • 117 minutes

Parents say

Not yet rated

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Although this film does show the pains of a man who cannot maintain a meaningful relationship, as well as a touching gay relationship, it also depicts many people who enter into sex lightly.

Violence

No violence except an occasional slap on the face by a scorned woman.

Sex

Repeated sexual banter, extended scene of someone trapped in a room while two people have loud and goofy sex, indiscriminate sex, and drunken lasciviousness.

Language

Not much, but starts off with "f--k" early (and frequently, in that scene).

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Much drinking at wedding receptions which leads to outlandish behavior and sexual escapades.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film revolves around the (dys)functional relationships of a man and his single, married, gay, and straight friends. It shows incidents of casual sex and somewhat graphically depicts and describes sexual relationships. Even though comedic, many women are negatively portrayed as emotionally unstable, dependent, and dying to marry. The film also includes a string of profanities as the hero – Charles -- responds to his inability to attend events in a timely manner. His foul language seems funny and endearing, rather than problematic.

User Reviews

Adult Written byRachel D April 9, 2008

Pointless

Sex, sex and did I mention sex? All this movie is about. Casual sex. Yah, completely worthless.
Adult Written byaccorn April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byEmosewaErudite April 15, 2013

Very moving and romantic - apart from the sex

Four Weddings and a Funeral is your classic chick flick-romcom; it's funny, it's moving and it's realistic (a very important thing in romcoms whi...
Teen, 13 years old Written byapple_pie_99 July 5, 2012

Great movie for teens

This movie was (surprisingly) pretty good. It did contain some positive messages about life and love and had a satisfactory ending. However, parents must be war...

What's the story?

FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL chronicles the tale of the roundabout -- and seemingly fated -- courtship of Charles (Hugh Grant) and Carrie (Andie MacDowell). The story examines the need for finding love and the challenge of keeping love. Set in various weddings of friends and acquaintances, the film frames Charles's lackluster love life through the romantic (and sometimes tragic) celebrations of others. Always a groomsman and never a groom, he habitually disrupts the ceremonies through his lateness, irresponsibility, and all around bad luck. Ultimately, Charles must make tough decisions about what he thinks he should want and what he truly desires.

Is it any good?

Four Weddings and a Funeral marks one of the early high points in Hugh Grant's romantic comedy oeuvre. As in films such as Notting Hill and Two Weeks Notice, he portrays an irresistible flake with the perfect amount of English sheepishness. The film includes stellar supporting performances from Simon Callow (A Room With a View, Shakespeare in Love, Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) and Rowan Atkinson (Bean, Johnny English). Overall, the film sports a fantastic supporting cast. Like many Grant romantic comedies, the limelight is generously shared with a bevy of quirky supporting actors. Four Weddings and a Funeral is a fine example of English romantic comedy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about emotional commitment issues and what dating is really like.

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