Twenty-five years after the release of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Richard Curtis’s well-intentioned short sequel for Comic Relief gave rise to no laughs but some genuine pathos
It was every bit as saccharine and self-indulgent and toe-curling as we expected, but the unexpectedly touching vignette from Hugh Grant as the bewildered-but-beaming parent made this an amiable enough trip down memory lane. If Richard Curtis ever wants to do his own remake of Father of the Bride … Grant is his man.
The set-up was that Charles (Grant) and his partner Carrie (a close-to-non-speaking cameo for Andie MacDowell) have a daughter (Lily James) who is adorably marrying the daughter of Charles’s old friend, the one who was secretly in love with him the whole time: Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas). Lily’s bride is played by Alicia Vikander. It’s a super daring and modern same-sex thing that utterly flusters the comedy vicar played by Rowan Atkinson. His inability to get words right is now made worse by his evident astonishment at the idea of gay marriage.