Wedding films are largely like Hallmark cards transferred to celluloid – saccharine piffle based around an institution that’s been progressively losing its relevance for centuries. But still, despite the existence of innumerable dire films like The Wedding Planner and My Best Friend’s Wedding, not every film involving marriage should be consigned a priori to the celluoid scrapheap – occasionally one comes along that manages to be both non-sentimental and amusing. And so, in our sole concession to the ongoing media hypefest that is the Royal Wedding, here’s a selection of our favorite nuptial films – the ones that don’t suck like a brand new turbo-charged Dyson.
Four Weddings and A Funeral(1994)
Apart from possibly the greatest foul-mouthed opening to a script ever, Four Weddings and a Funeral features a perfectly cast and eminently likeable pre-Divine Brown incident Hugh Grant in the lead role, along with excellent performances from everyone else involved, awkward English humor aplenty, and a vision of marriage that manages to be tender without ever drifting into being mawkish. The only thing we disliked about the film was that god-awful cover of “Love is All Around” by Wet Wet Wet, possibly the most appropriately-named band ever.