Four Weddings and a Funeral

 
Sexy, funny, romantic comedy at its finest.
  • Review Date: August 29, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 117 minutes

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 9, 1994
DVD release date:June 24, 1997
Cast:Andie MacDowell, Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas
Director:Mike Newell
Studio:Providence Entertainment
Genre:Comedy
Run time:117 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language, and for some sexuality.

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Adult Written byRachel D April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Pointless

Sex, sex and did I mention sex? All this movie is about. Casual sex. Yah, completely worthless.
Teen, 13 years old Written byapple_pie_99 July 5, 2012
age 12+
 

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 warned that the opening word in this movie is 'f***!' and the language doesn't get much better throughout the movie. Also, it does contain a recreational sex scene (which I found a bit disgusting), and the 'funeral' part of the movie may disturb younger children or people who have recently lost a close friend or loved one suddenly or in surprising circumstances. Some characters also get drunk and there is also very mild violence. Still, a great movie and worth watching.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byEmosewaErudite April 15, 2013
age 14+
 

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 which often gets overlooked). It stars Hugh Grant before he made the big time as a shy, awkward Brit and Andie MacDowell as the American woman he pursues, meeting her at each titular wedding and funeral. It's a perfect movie to watch as mother and daughter. There is one problem, of course - and that is that there is a very vocal sex scene (think HBO but slightly more toned down movement-wise) which Charles (Grant) accidentally witnesses. In my opinion, the scene isn't the funniest in the movie (it actually borders on disgusting) and I wouldn't be too upset if it was cut out - then it would probably be on for kids 14 and up. The opening of the film is the F-word, and this is far from the only time that it is mentioned. In fact, I don't think that there is a single scene without some sort of mentioning of the F-word at all (perhaps excluding the funeral part). Highly commendable.
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Too much sex

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