At the title suggests, the movie offers several opportunities for ceremonies to go wrong. Most of the wrong involves Charles (Hugh Grant), the stammering, always-tardy groomsman who is in that period of life where he seems to have a friend’s nuptials to attend every weekend. At one wedding, he forgets the ring (and has to borrow a couple of bejeweled monstrosities from his thrift-store fashionista pal Scarlet). At another, the newly-ordained vicar (Rowan Atkinson) can’t stop messing up the couple’s names or the liturgy (“the Father, Son, and Holy Spigot”). A third wedding goes off without a hitch, but a beloved guest has a fatal heart attack during the reception.
Finally, at his own wedding, Charles answers “I do” to the wrong question (he’s asked if he’s in love with someone other than his fiancée) — and receives a perfectly justifiable slug in the face from his bride. When the chastened Charles finally catches up with the woman he loves (Andie MacDowell), it’s no wonder he asks her not to marry him.
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