Top 3 Wedding Films
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Top 3 Wedding Films

May 27 th

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) is considered a classic British Romantic film and probably the best wedding film ever made.  The story is about Charles and his circle of friends starring the dashingly handsome Hugh Grant as Charles, with his genteel English charm and slightly socially awkward character.  Charles meets the beautiful American Carrie at his best friend’s wedding and spends the night with her. He encounters her again at the second wedding; that of Lydia and Bernard and she introduces him to her fiancé. The funniest scene in the whole film is when he finds himself seated at a table with several of his ex- girlfriends, particularly a Henrietta or ‘Duck Face’, with whom he had a particularly difficult relationship.  Charles runs into Carrie, and they end up spending another night together. The next wedding he attends is Carrie’s lavish Scottish wedding.  His friend Fiona admits her romantic feelings for him at the wedding but unfortunately he does feel the same.

The most poignant love story in the film is that between Gareth and his partner Matthew.  During Carrie’s wedding, Matthew collapses and dies of a heart attack. Gareth reads the lines of a poem by W.H. Auden, ‘Funeral Blues’ commemorating his relationship with Matthew.  The fourth wedding is Charles’ own wedding as he decides to marry Henrietta but ends up leaving her at the altar as he realises that he loves Carrie when she turns up as a guest at the wedding, separated from her husband. At the end of the film, you see how the story ends for each of the characters. Charles and Carrie are together and have a young baby son.  The film is a wedding classic and timeless.

Father of the Bride (1991) is also another universal favourite movie. It is an American comedy starring the hilarious Steve Martin as George and Diane Keaton as Nina.  His daughter comes back from travelling in Europe and announces that she is engaged to an American guy she met in Italy.  At first he isn’t happy that his little girl is engaged so young but then Nina manages to calm him down. He takes an immediate dislike to her fiancé Bryan despite his good financial status and likeable character. His concern quickly turns from how suitable a match they are, to how much the wedding will cost. The whole movie shows George going gradually insane over the increasing cost of the lavish wedding.  It is another great classic wedding film showing Steve Martin at his best.

The Wedding Crashers (2005) is a more contemporary movie about weddings with a superb selection of the funniest Hollywood comedians; starring Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher and Bradley Cooper.  Two friends, John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) crash weddings in their spare time to pick up women.  One day, they crash the wedding of the daughter of the United States Secretary of Treasury, William Cleary (Christopher Walken). Instead of short term flings, they end up being invited to the Cleary’s Island estate for an extended weekend party and find themselves tangled in a web of lies just to impress the family.  The pair end up falling in love with the women they hooked up with at the wedding after a difficult start and a series of embarrassing mishaps during the weekend stay.