8 Wedding Movies Even A Non-Romantic Can Love1comment
I have to admit I’ve never been susceptible to wedding fever. I think I might actually be immune. When I was really young, my grandmother woke me up so that I could watch the royal wedding of Di and Charles and I remember thinking that she was completely insane. Why would I want to watch two people I don’t know get married? Granted I was only five years old at the time, but my feelings on the matter haven’t changed much in the intervening years. I still don’t want to watch two strangers get married. Nor am I particularly interested in watching movies about characters getting married.
Claudia is the resident chick-flick aficionado, (but then again, she’s also the resident horror-flick aficionado because that girl has got layers) so she’s the logical person to put together a list of great wedding-related movies. Because she likes chick movies in general, she’s a lot more forgiving than I am. That being said, instead following my instinct of putting together the bah humbug wedding-movie list (In case you’re interested, number one on that list would be Margo At The Wedding, because that is seriously the most joyless and exasperating wedding movie of all time), I decided to put together a list of wedding related movies that are awesome despite being about weddings.
And, if you are a romantic and are currently having royal wedding withdrawals and want keep riding the wedding train all through the weekend, this list will work for you too.
So, without further ado, here are 8 wedding movies even the most non-romantic of us can love:
1. FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL: There is so much I love about this movie, but true to my non-romantic form, my favorite part is Matthew reading Auden’s Funeral Blues at Gareth’s funeral. I also love a wedding movie that ends with the two main characters vowing to never get married.
2. MURIEL’S WEDDING: Though this movie is hilarious, I appreciate the undercurrent of edge that runs throughout. My only real beef with this movie is that it brought Abba back into popular culture, which would be totally fine except that I think the success of Muriel’s Wedding may be responsible for eventually bringing us the movie Mama Mia. And that is not okay.
3. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY: This might seem like a cheat as for most of the movie the story revolves around two sisters who are suffering the consequences of not being married. But as matrimony is central to the story and the film ends with a wedding, I say it counts.
4. THE PALM BEACH STORY: Oh Preston Sterges, you were such a nutball. This movie starts with a wedding and ends with the most preposterous plot resolution in the history of cinema. And it has the adorable Weenie King. Aside from a few really awful, racially insensitive scenes involving the Ale and Quail club, this movie is a screwball classic. Plus… shopping montage!
5. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY: I love this movie. Though I wish Cary Grant hadn’t bitch slapped Katherine Hepburn, his scene with a hiccup-drunk Jimmy Stewart makes up for it.
6. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT: Granted, the whole ‘marriage doesn’t count because it wasn’t consummated’ set up is a little thin, but who cares? By the time the walls of Jericho finally fall, a good time has been had by everyone.
7. PRIVATE BENJAMIN: This may seem like an odd choice as it is seems more like a military movie than a wedding movie. But, as Claudia reminded me, the reason Goldie Hawn’s character joins the army is that her husband died on their wedding night while they were having sex. And it ends with a very satisfying alter-leaving scene.
Honorable mentions: Here are a few other great movies that didn’t make the official list because the wedding isn’t really as central to the film. But they do feature a wedding and are awesome.
And if you’re wondering if I think I could recite at least half of these movies verbatim, the answer is… I do!