Betsy’s Wedding (1990) [review]

Alan Alda made a great comedy here, in which he created characters in a situation that so many of us have been involved. This does not necessarily have that much to do with the wedding itself, but the build up and the two families involved.

From Betsy’s (Molly Ringwald) and Jake Lovell (Dylan Walsh) who are to be married, we see them completely in love, to considering if they are doing the right thing, to trying to please all the members of their families. Then there are the family members who are more than willing to get themselves involved in the arrangements, without any consideration for what the couple really want for their wedding day.

This nicely shows the differences between the two families, their views on each other and individual ideals for not only the wedding, but the world in general. Betsy’s family being a more down to earth, hard working family compared to Jake’s who are more conservative and wealthier. To the point where they seem a little less involved in what is going on in the world… Almost as if the world is there for their entertainment.

Eddie Hopper’s (Alan Alda) has become a little ambitious in his work and has bitten of more than he can chew, involving himself with his brother in law Oscar Henner (Joe Pesci), who is in business with Georgie (Burt Young)… who Eddie and Oscar cannot say no to. This leads to Connie Hopper (Ally Sheedy) finding herself  getting to know Stevie Dee (Anthony Lapaglia) which due to their jobs is a joy to watch as the two go back and forth.

The relationship between Gloria Henner and Oscar is entertaining to watch as neither is truly happy with their marriage and therefore more is going on than either would like to admit… at least to each other.

All of this is done nicely, watching the relationships become entangled as tensions build as moments become more and more difficult. But, the film does it with such humour.  We see the characters react and endure, showing that life has to be worked at, and we don’t always have the perfect moments which look so effortless from the outside.

We enjoy the moments we find ourselves with these characters which is a great way to spend an hour and a half. So, if you get the chance, check this out and enjoy what is on offer.

So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) [review]

This is certainly a great romantic comedy film of the 1990s, one which stood out in the crowd when it came to the films of those genres in that decade. With some mystery which is not necessarily the subject of how or if the two main characters will end up together in the end, but we wonder if a certain character is a killer. Not to say that this is a hard hitting mystery, but one which is done in a light hearted way, with more humour than truly trying to work out the clues.

This film has a bunch of characters which we get to spend plenty of time with, with Charlie’s (Mike Myers) best friend Tony (Anthony Lapaglia) being somebody we like to see play his part in this story, he is somebody who we like and actually has a personality. Harriet (Nancy Travis) is wonderful character who is just as charming and watchable as Charlie,Charlie and Harriet playing off each other nicely. Rose (Amanda Plummer), Harriet’s sister is somebody who is a perfect offbeat character who is another joy to watch. May (Brenda Fricker), Charlie’s mum is another who adds to the list of characters who comes across as just as charmingly and loveable as the previous character mentioned. Stuart (Mike Myers), Charlie’s dad is probably the funniest character in the film, never shy of saying what he thinks, never one to be afraid of being blunt and enjoying a drink… or few.

This is a complete pleasure of a film which is a little over a hour and a half which will pull you in and let you forget your worries for the duration. I have come back to many times over the years and can see myself watching many more times. There are jokes and moment which I know are coming and still look forward to seeing them again, laughing as if I’ve never seen them before.

There is a charm to this film which is welcoming and enjoyable in which it does not pretend to care if you like it or not, it stood out in that it was not like the many romantic comedies of the 1990s that were feeling soulless and by the number.

The soundtrack to this film is a joy to hear, with the multiple songs skattered throughout the joy and fun of this film. With a couple of cover version which are actually likable while the originals are also featured in the film. While I’m no fan of the Bay City Rollers, their original and the Ned’s Atomic Dustbin version of “Saturday Night” fits nicely within the scenes of the film.