What You Need To Know:
(H, LL, N, SS, Ho, Ab, A/D) Strong humanist, anti-marriage message; 11 obscenities & 3 profanities; blunt discussions of sex; brief, partial female nudity, sexual immorality briefly depicted & frequently described; casual attitude regarding multiple sex partners; sympathetic portrait of homosexuality; some mockery of Christian marriage; and, alcohol use throughout.
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL is a stylish and frequently witty British ensemble comedy which comes narrowly close to an endorsement of marriage as an institution worthy of our respect, but, in the final scene, the film proclaims that commitments made before God and man don’t really matter if you’re truly “in love.” The story centers around Charles who seems to be perpetually attending the elegant weddings of his close friends but never connecting with anyone himself, until he meets Carrie during a crowded reception. It is infatuation at first sight, but they continue to date others, and even come close to marrying other partners. Finally, they meet at another wedding reception and soon become inseparable as “true love” prevails. Sadly, while they make a commitment to live together, they also make a commitment NOT to marry because that would spoil their relationship. Before the final credits roll, they are shown living happily ever after with their smiling toddler.
What this film really makes clear is that marriage is unnecessary if two people love each other. Under the skillful hand of Mike Newell, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL is stylish, frequently witty and for the most part, verbally sophisticated, though marred by profane language and sexual immorality. However, this film ultimately mocks and downgrades a human institution created and honored by God Himself.
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