So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)


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Rating: The Good – 67.8
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Duration: 93 mins
Director: Thomas Schlamme
Stars: Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia

Mike Myers unique comedic style turns a decent idea into a delightfully quirky comedy about Charlie, a man who finds fault with every woman he dates until he meets Harriet. Harriet is everything he wanted in a woman with the slight exception that she may or may not be an axe murderer. Like many great comedies, the real fun in So I Married an Axe Murderer is to be found between the lines in the way the various characters play off each other and particularly in how Myers’ extraordinary talent for improvisation dominates the tone and feel of the movie. Travis is spot on as the secretive yet charming Harriet, Anthony LaPaglia is terrific as Charlie’s well-meaning best friend, and Brenda Fricker is a hoot as his forward mother. There are a host of great comedy names all combining wonderfully with the lead players in hilarious and well thought-out cameos (best of which must be Steven Wright’s stoned pilot). Though Myers ultimately steals the show, it’s not by playing Charlie but rather his Scottish father, the Bay City Rollers/Celtic fanatic who spends his days shouting obscenities at his large-headed younger son. Priceless.

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