So Christmas is officially over and it has taken with it the excuse to eat everything in sight without feeling too guilty. The lovely ‘skinny’ jeans that your hubby bought you are staying firmly in the wardrobe until the new-year diet has kicked in and you’ve only got a few days until you’re back to work. So what better to do than make the most of your last few days of rest and snuggle up on the sofa with your man, watching our top ten wedding movies – enjoy!
1.Four Weddings and a Funeral
Richard Curtis’s masterpiece is just about the perfect wedding movie. Starring Hugh Grant in his breakout role, his fawning portrayal of the loveable English fop set pulses racing around the world. John Hannah’s heartbreaking recital of Auden’s poem will have you clamouring for the Kleenex every time, but there are more than enough genius one-liners to tickle the funny bone.
Four weddings and a funeral, £3.49, amazon.co.uk
2.Father of the Bride
Steve Martin is outstanding as the curmudgeonly patriarch, serving as little more than a passenger in proceedings for his prodigal daughter’s wedding. Nobody plays the middle-aged, slightly jaded but ultimately likeable guy better than Steve Martin. But even he is utterly upstaged here by Martin Short who plays Frank (aka Fronk), the gloriously camp wedding coordinator. Anyone who’s ever planned a wedding will have come across a Fronk at some point.
Father of the Bride, £2.99, amazon.co.uk
3. The Wedding Singer
A wonderfully observed comedy based around the hapless exploits of a 1980s wedding singer, with Drew Barrymore perfectly cast as the love interest. The ‘80s hair and outfits are so wrong, but so right, with Adam Sandler’s tight perm stealing the show. For those old enough to remember, it’s a great piece of nostalgia with plenty of laughs and lots of tugs at the old heart strings.
The Wedding Singer, £5.97, amazon.co.uk
4. Mamma Mia
On paper this film really shouldn’t work, but as is usually the case with the best films, it’s greater than the sum of its parts. The genius of Mama Mia is that it makes you feel like a kid all over again. It’s got action, adventure, romance and comedy in perfect measure, not to mention a bucket load of Abba classics for you to belt out. The perfect film for dancing queens everywhere.
Mamma Mia, £5.97, amazon.co.uk
5. The Birdcage
Mike Nichols’s remake of “La Cage aux Folles” was a trailblazer at the time, proving that Hollywood could make films about same sex couples in love. Regardless of that, it’s also a great film in its own right. Robin Williams is at his most flamboyant best as the gay cabaret owner. But it is the unforgettable vision of Gene Hackman at the end in full drag that remains the highlight.
The Birdcage, £3.99, amazon.co.uk
6. My Best Friend’s Wedding
Julia Roberts is flawless as a less-likeable character in this film, allowing Cameron Diaz to shine as the luminous bride-to-be. But this was actually a smart move on Julia’s part, because it gave her all the funny lines. The A-list actors and slight edge to the storyline elevate this movie above most others in the genre, making it a real weepie that you can happily return to time and again.
My Best Friend’s Wedding, £3.49, amazon.co.uk
7. Runaway Bride
If pushed, many of us admit to this film as a guilty pleasure. The scriptwriter certainly wasn’t shortlisted for an Academy Award, but it ticks all the right boxes for the genre, and gives you exactly what you want from a film like this. If you’re looking for serious drama, watch one of The Bournes. But for uncut, predictable, heart-warming rom-com nonsense, this is your film.
Runaway Bride, £2.99, amazon.co.uk
8. Meet the Parents
De Niro took a big gamble with this movie, but he absolutely nails his role as the hyper-suspicious ex-CIA agent, once again proving he really is the most versatile actor around. You can’t help but feel desperately sorry for Ben Stiller from the very start. Despite his best efforts, he keeps putting his foot in it with hilarious consequences. If you think your in-laws are crazy…
Meet the Parents, £2.99, amazon.co.uk
9. The Wedding Crashers
If you’re looking for a change in artistic direction from Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson, give this film a miss. But if you find their trademark back-and-forth appealing, then you won’t be disappointed. There’s also a fresh-faced Bradley Cooper playing the unsavoury boyfriend, and Christopher Walken as the head of the family. But it’s Isla Fisher’s hilarious turn as the obsessed nymph that steals the movie. It ain’t Shakespeare, but it’s great fun.
The Wedding Crashers, £3.59, amazon.co.uk
10. Bride Wars
This is the very definition of a popcorn movie. It’s daft, predictable and unoriginal, but it’s all played out amusingly with a nudge and a wink. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are heavyweight actresses, but they really show their fun side in Bride Wars, and never take it too seriously. So turn your brain off for 90 minutes and you’ll love this wedding film.
Bride Wars, £2.99, amazon.co.uk