U2 Pop Culture Database



Four Weddings And A Funeral



Format:
Film
Year:
1994
Writer:
Richard Curtis [Notting Hill]
Principal Cast:
Charles . . . . Hugh Grant [White Mischief, The Lair Of The White Worm, Bitter Moon, The Remains Of The Day, Sirens, Nine Months, Sense and Sensibility, Restoration, The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain, Notting Hill]
Carrie . . . . Andie MacDowell [St. Elmo's Fire, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Green Card, The Object of Beauty, The Player, Groundhog Day, Short Cuts, Multiplicity, Michael]
Fiona . . . . Kristin Scott Thomas [Bitter Moon, Mission: Impossible, The English Patient, Microcosmos, The Horse Whisperer]
Synopsis:
A confirmed bachelor chases the woman of his dreams from one wedding to another.

U2 Pop Culture Reference:
At the second wedding in the film, Charles (Hugh Grant) is seated at a table with four ex-girlfriends. He mentions to his friends that the only thing worse would be if Henrietta (another ex-girlfriend) was also there. Henrietta then appears. He says he needs to get away from people and he hides out in a hotel room. The bride and groom enter and begin having sex. He hides in a closet for more than half an hour and then sneaks out.
[Film time: 54:00] When he gets out of the hotel room Henrietta walks towards him.
Henrietta: Charles, Charles we must talk.
Charles: Right. Right.
Henrietta: The thing is Charlie. I've spoken to lots of people about you.
Charles: Oh God.
Henrietta: And everybody agrees you're in real trouble Charles.
Charles: Am I?
Henrietta: The thing is you see you're sort of turning into a kind of serial monogamist one girlfriend after another yet you'll never really love anyone 'cause you'll never let them near you.
Charles: On the contrary, Hen.
Henrietta: You're affectionate to them and sweet to them. You were even sweet to me, although you thought I was an idiot.
Charles: I did not.
Henrietta: You did. I thought U2 was a type of submarine.
Charles: Well in a way you were right. Their music has a very naval quality.
Henrietta: Be serious Charles. You must give people a chance. You don't have to think I must get married, but you mustn't start every relationship thinking "I mustn't get married."
Charles: Hen, you know me. Most of the time I don't think at all. I just putter, putter around.
She begins reminiscing and sobbing on his shoulder until she runs away.

Besides U2, is it worth watching?
Hugh Grant has sort of cornered the market on the bumbling Englishman. This was the first of these roles and it catapulted him to fame. There's no way around it. This is enjoyable and light and romantic and funny. Andie McDowell may be the worst actress on the planet, but she's not onscreen that much and her American-ness is a good antidote to the wholly-British cast. Several memorable scenes: the funeral speech and the listing of the men McDowell's had sex with.
Extra Stuff:
Thank you to Maggie White for this one.




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