Hugh Grant (Charles), Andie MacDowell (Carrie), James
Fleet (Tom), Simon Callow (Gareth), John Hannah (Matthew), Kristin Scott-Thomas (Fiona), Charlotte Coleman (Scarlett)
Mammoth box office smash of 1994 which put British film
back on the worldwide map and created a filmstar out of Hugh Grant, who went on to play virtually the exact same character in various films for the best part of a decade.
Grant plays befuddled bachelor Charles, who meets the
woman of his dreams, an American, at a wedding and after spending the night together their paths only ever cross at other social events of their mutual friends.
The humour is very British, with a rich array of
characters from different backgrounds, although strictly from the middle-upper classes.
The majority of the performances are very good, especially
Kristin Scott-Thomas as Charles' good friend and secret admirer, but the weakest performance is from Andie MacDowell, whose character is actually rather unpleasant, making you wonder exactly
how shallow Charles' character really is.
Nevertheless, it was the British film event of the year
and has left a lasting legacy.