Four Weddings and a Funeral

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Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant. The film was an unexpected success, becoming the highest-grossing British film in cinema history at the time, with worldwide box office in excess of $245.7 million, and receiving an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination.[1][2]

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Plot summary

The film follows the adventures of a group of friends through the eyes of Charles (Hugh Grant), a debonair but faux pas-prone Englishman, who is smitten with Carrie, an attractive American (Andie MacDowell), whom Charles repeatedly meets at weddings and at a funeral.

The first wedding is that of Angus and Laura (Timothy Walker and Sara Crowe). Charles and his collection of single friends are concerned that they will never get married. At this wedding, Charles meets Carrie for the first time and spends the night with her, but he regards it as a one-night stand. Carrie teases him by pretending that now they have slept together, they will also have to get married, which Charles endeavors to respond to before realising she is joking. She then goes back home to America, observing that they may have missed an opportunity. This first wedding features Rowan Atkinson in a small role as a trainee priest.

The second wedding is that of Bernard and Lydia (David Haig and Sophie Thompson), a couple who got together at the previous wedding. Atkinson makes his second appearance, this time as a fully fledged but gaffe-prone priest conducting his first wedding ceremony through his connection as a friend of the family. The reception is not an enjoyable one for Charles. First, he encounters Carrie, who subsequently introduces Charles to her fiancé, Sir Hamish Banks (Corin Redgrave), a wealthy politician from Scotland. Next, Charles finds himself seated at a table with several ex-girlfriends, as well as bumping into Henrietta (known among Charles' friends as "Duckface"), with whom he had a difficult relationship in the past. As the evening wears on, Charles inadvertently finds himself in Bernard and Lydia's hotel suite and is forced to hide in a wardrobe after the newlyweds suddenly stumble into the room, unwilling to delay their "wedding night" any further. He is unable to sneak out unnoticed. Believing that Carrie has left the reception with Hamish, Charles later runs into her (without her fiancé), shortly after another emotional encounter with Henrietta. Charles and Carrie end up spending the night together once more.

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