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