Charles (Grant) is witty and charming but at the age of 32 is looking like a serial monogamist. His life has been full of girlfriends but he just can't commit to any of them. The more weddings he and his close circle of friends attend the less they want to get married themselves. Until one particular Saturday at one particular wedding Charles meets Carrie (MacDowell)... Instantly smitten Charles begins to pursue her only to learn that she is ready to take the plunge with som
When it was released in 1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral quickly became a huge international success, pulling in the kind of audiences most British films only dream of. It's proof that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best: in terms of plot, the title pretty much says it all. Revolving around, well, four weddings and a funeral (though not in that order), the film follows Hugh Grant's confirmed bachelor Charles as he falls for visiting American Carrie (Andy McDowell), whom he keeps bumping into at the various functions. But with this most basic of premises, screenwriter Richard Curtis has crafted a moving and thoughtful comedy about the perils of singledom and that ever-elusive search for true love. In the wrong hands, it could have been a horribly schmaltzy affair, but Curtis' script--crammed with great one-liners and beautifully judged characterisations--keeps things sharp and snappy, harking back to the sparkling Hollywood romantic comedies of the 30s and 40s. The supporting cast, including Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow and Rowan Atkinson (who starred in the Curtis-scripted television show Blackadder) is first rate, at times almost too good: John Hannah's rendition of WH Auden's poem "Funeral Blues" over the coffin of his lover is so moving you think the film will struggle to re-establish its ineffably buoyant mood. But it does, thanks in no small part to Hugh Grant as the bumbling Charles (whose star-making performance compensates for a less-than-dazzling Andie MacDowell). Though it's hardly the fault of Curtis and his team, the success of the Four Weddings did have its downside, triggering a rash of far inferior British romantic comedies. In fact, we had to wait until 1999's Notting Hill for another UK film to match its winning charm--scripted, yet again, by Curtis and starring Grant. --Edward Lawrenson
Boycie - the wheeler dealer from the nations favourite Only Fools And Horses - is in trouble. Local mobsters the Driscoll brothers believe that the tashed one has grassed them up to the Police. Demonstrating his usual steel back bone Boycie decides to quickly uproot from the suburb of Peckham and whisk his family away from danger to start a new life in the countryside. As ever Boycie has idea's above his station but that's not going to deter him from re-inventing himself as a 'gentlemen farmer'!
It is 1492 and the Sultan of Turkey controls overland trade from the Far East to Europe. Christopher Columbus looking to make his fortune persuades the King and Queen of Spain to finance an expedition to find a new sea route to India.
In reality, Lucinda and her two best friends, the plumptious Katherine and the rambunctious Amanda run a small sandwich business in London. Lucinda’s “Prince” , Neville, is a Norfolk based variety agent on whom she has had a girlhood crush since she was twelve. Lucinda takes her friends on holiday to Norfolk, having secretly entered them into one of Neville’s talent contests in the hope that he will fall in love with her.
First it was a bet, then an internationally best-selling book and now Tony Hawks' eccentric, hilarious, and life-changing, Round Ireland with a Fridge, is a feature film. One of a trilogy of books that have collectively sold over a million copies, Round Ireland with a Fridge is the first to be adapted for the screen, with Playing the Moldovans At Tennis and A Piano in the Pyrenees coming soon. Round Ireland with a Fridge is directed by Ed Bye (Kevin & Perry Go Large, My Family, Red Dwarf) and stars Tony Hawks, Ed Byrne, Sean Hughes, Josie Lawrence, Sara Crowe and Valerie O'Connor.An inspiring, funny British comedy-drama in the spirit of Calendar Girls, The Full Monty and Local Hero, the film recreates Tony's actual 1997 hitchhike around Ireland. En route, he re-evaluates his life and career, finds romance, meets some bizarre characters and discovers that people are perfectly prepared to treat a small white domestic appliance as a fully fledged person with a personality in its own right.The fridge goes surfing, is christened, blessed by nuns, serenaded by a bagpiper, attends a bachelor festival and becomes a national celebrity, as Tony, and all those he encounters, become caught-up in the power and philosophy of the fridge!Round Ireland with a Fridge's BBC Television premiere, on the Saint Patrick's Day weekend this year, topped the channel's Sunday night ratings.
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