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Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell, 1994)

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Post by Admin on Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:03 am

Identify the genre(s) [if applicable], the main plot points and the clichés [if any].


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Post by Breaking Bad Jones on Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:46 pm

Four Wedding and a Funeral (1994, Mike Newell) is a British romantic comedy and was the first of several films that saw screenwriter Richard Curtis and actor Hugh Grant team up on a project. The film follows the adventures of a group of friends, as seen through the point of view of Charles, a mild-mannered, good-natured but socially awkward man who becomes smitten with Carrie, an American who he repeatedly runs into at the weddings.   
A few character archetypes:

Good-natured, likeable but socially awkward Englishman; Hugh Grant was often typecast after this film in the mid 90s playing similar roles in both, Notting Hill and Mickey Blue Eyes)

The Free-spirit eccentric, has alternative look, red her etc., could be seen as immature for age, a good friend (is always late to the wedding’s alongside Charles)


The ‘Uptight’ member of the group looks like she takes herself seriously, quite depressing, secretly loves Charles.  (Common theme in romantic comedies is the friend who’s secretly in love with the protagonists’ convention)


 The life of the party, who dies during the third wedding, isn’t in the film much but the viewer can still feel the impact of death.
The nice-but-dim character posh member of the group who’s down on luck when it comes to love
The voice of reason, the brother of our protagonist, who predominantly gives the best advice

-Henrietta aka Duck Face
The EX, who isn’t right for the protagonist but he nearly marries anyway (another common archetype within this genre of film)  

Main plot points:

The first wedding is that of Angus and Laura, at which Charlie is the best man. On the way to the wedding, as is a consistent theme throughout the movie Charles's is late, which suggest the idea that he maybe to late in finding love, or indeed has bad timing when it comes to love. Charles meets Carrie for the first time (“Meet-cute” trope?) they spend the night together and she goes back home to American the next morning, observing that they may have missed an opportunity. 
The Second Wedding is that of a couple who had got together at the previous wedding. Charles is initially happy to see Carrie at the wedding, until she introduces him to her fiancé, which leaves him momentarily, dishearten, as the wedding draws at a table with several of his ex-girlfriends, who all tell embarrassing stories of there time together.  At the end of the wedding Carrie and Charles spend the night together again. 
The third wedding is Carrie’s; marring a guy we as an audience member know ‘isn’t right for her’. Charles is depressed at the prospect of Carrie's marrying this guy and feels it should be him. As the wedding gets under way, Charles's friend Fiona deduces his feelings about Carrie. When Charles asks why Fiona is not married, she confesses that she has always loved Charles since they first met years ago. Charles is appreciative and empathetic but does not feel the same way. During the groom's toast, Gareth dies suddenly of a heart attack.
At the funeral, Gareth’s husband Matthew recites a poem memorising his relationship with Gareth, After the funeral, Charles and Tom have a discussion about whether hoping to find your "one true love” actually gets you everywhere.

The fourth wedding takes place ten months later, and is that of Charles, who has decided to marry Henrietta one of his Ex Girlfriends, However, moments before the ceremony, Carrie arrives at the church and reveals to Charles that she and her husband are no longer together. Charles has a breakdown of confidence, and confides in his brother David and friend Matthew. David (who is deaf) then objects to the wedding when the vicar and asks if anyone knows a reason why the couple should not marry. This is where David (who is deaf) asks Charles to translate for him and says in sign language that he suspects the groom is having doubts and loves someone else. Charles than admits to Henrietta that he is in fact in love with someone else and leaves her at the altar. Carrie visits Charles afterwards to apologise for coming to the wedding.  Charles confess the first time in his life he has totally and utterly loved one person and they both kiss while standing in the rain. 

The film ends of a montage with everybody happily married, including Henrietta, while Charles and Carrie have a child together.

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Post by Admin on Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:46 pm

There has been a tendency across all the threads to make plot summaries, which was good but needed to be related to the main plot events, the structure of the plot. This seems to be missing from almost every post. I would like you all to reflect on that, check the slides on the hero journey and the three act structure. I will copy this in all the other threads, just in case people are only reading one thread.

Very good work, you have thought about the characteristics of the film and its characters to check whether they were clichés, conventions or stereotypes. I would have liked to have seen this done as well with the plot, though.


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