A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This series is so light and breezy that messages don't land with much force, but friendship and kindness are definitely in the mix.
Positive Role Models
The cast is multi-racial, which is unusual in the romcom genre, and women are at the center of the action. Maya is a relatable character who makes mistakes but also suffers consequences and tries to do better. Kash's father Haroon is a particularly positive character, supporting his sons and giving them lots of affection and time. Gemma seems to be written into the show only to compete with Maya, a less-positive representation.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters never stop talking about love and romance -- expect kissing, dating, lots of references to sex including about "hooking up" and a man who's described as "bangable." A man's bare backside is seen in a photograph.
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Language and cursing includes "f--k," "bitch," "s--t," "damn," "sucked."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters frequently drink at parties or gatherings; one character often drinks too much and is described as "overserved" and it's said he falls asleep in bushes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Four Weddings and a Funeral is a retake on the 1990s romcom movie that centers on romantic complications between a set of friends taking place between ceremonial events. Mature content is fine for older teens, including many references to sex (in which characters talk about "hooking up" and a man being "bangable") and very brief nudity like a boudoir photo that prominently features a man's bare buttocks. Languge is usually in the context of humor: "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "damn." Characters drink, including one character who refers to being "overserved" and whose antics while drinking are played for laughs. This series' multi-racial cast is unusual in the annals of romantic comedy, and though one character plays like a cliche of "competitive women" humor, she gets humanized eventually. Jokes are sharp and contain excellent points about race, class, sexism, and other issues.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet confection is as feather-light as cotton candy and melts away just as quickly, though it's lots of fun while it lasts. There will no doubt be many viewers and critics who write Four Weddings and a Funeral off as trite and treacly, and they're not wrong, exactly, but Richard Curtis' 1994 movie didn't get uniformly glowing reviews when it came out either, and emerged as a romcom classic. This series, with its easy-to-like characters and snappy dialogue, may just too, after reviewers and viewers alike stop comparing it with the movie. The multi-culti cast sure feels easier to embrace -- the romcom genre's unbearable whiteness deserves to be left in the past -- and the jokes are terrific.
Of course, anyone who rewatches The Office (and everyone rewatches The Office) understands that Mindy Kaling knows her way around a joke, and has a deft hand with social commentary, too. In Four Weddings and a Funeral's first episode, when Maya awakens to desperate "My wife is on her way!" messages from her married boyfriend and has to rush around sweeping up rose petals and other mementos of their hot night, she castigates him hilariously later: "All those texts? I felt like I was in a horror movie! 'Get out, she's coming!' And the black people always get murdered first!" Maya is messy and imperfect and appealing; the quartet of best-college-friends that form the nucleus of this series is, too. Okay, so they're a little too glossy and their problems are a little too likely to be solved in one scene with a musical montage. Doesn't matter. Turn off your cerebrum for a while and just bask in feeling good.
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