Roush Review: ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’s Rom-Com Clichés Fail to Charm
Hold the rice. Something has gone seriously amiss when a romantic comedy fails to charm or amuse to such a degree that you pine for four (or more) funerals and not the “I dos.”
Such, sadly, is the case with Four Weddings and a Funeral, a misbegotten attempt by Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton (The Mindy Project) to replicate Richard Curtis’ frothy tangled-affairs-of-the-heart formula popularized in the 1994 movie and, later, Notting Hill and Love, Actually.
She’s introduced as an unrepentant home-wrecker before reuniting with three annoying American college pals in London: a nerdy would-be author (Search Party‘s John Reynolds) carrying a torch for her, a narcissistic man-child (Brandon Mychal Smith) and a spoiled BFF (Rebecca Rittenhouse) whose fiancé (Nikesh Patel) is instantly smitten with Maya in a meet-cute with predictable consequences.
Even if you’re a sucker for rom-com clichés — declaration of love in the pouring rain, check — this cloying and clumsy rehash may harden your heart.
Four Weddings and a Funeral, Series Premiere, Wendesday, July 31, Hulu