Time: 116 mins.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.
SYNOPSIS: A group of English friends experience the ups and downs of falling in love as they attend the five events listed in the title over the course of a year.
BOTTOM LINE: This is one of my favorite romantic comedies, mainly because of the first 10 minutes. There's just something I find immensely funny about watching Hugh Grant fumble about and curse up a storm. Besides being the role that made him a star in America, it's also one of his best, giving him ample opportunity to be clever, cute, caddish and romantically clueless. Much like in NOTTING HILL, he plays a somewhat successful, but eternally single Englishman looking for love. He finds it at one of the four weddings, but loses her (MacDowell) to a more prominent countryman.
They continue to be thrown together at the other weddings with varying results. MacDowell is the only American in the cast and manages to be funny and attractive without being silly, stupid or slutty. They actual make a good pair, each bringing out the buried sexuality of the other. However, what makes this film truly wonderful is the supporting cast, especially John Hannah and Simon Callow, and the brilliant script. Callow is endearingly obnoxious and Hannah completely charming as his long term life partner. Their successful relationship is a humorous and touching counterpoint to Grant's continuous love woes. The story captures the joy and devastation of the title's life events with wit, grace and poignancy. A film that will make you laugh, cry and glad you're not Grant.