[VIDEO REVIEWS]Viewers love to cry as Hugh bats his eyesDon't despair, ladies. Hugh Grant and his enchanting smile will soon be back in the new release "About a Boy."
Grant has recently been saying that he has changed. Indeed, his long, frizzy hair has been clipped and his seemingly naive smile is missing in his latest romantic comedy, hitting local theaters on Friday.
An Oxford grad, Grant hit it big as a romantic leading man in the 1990s. Some of his more recent movies in that vein have been "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) and "Notting Hill" (1999).
Grant has played other types of roles, including a bewigged Chopin in "Impromptu" and a young doctor at a dismal New York hospital in "Extreme Measures," which his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley helped produce. But his attempts to stretch beyond romance have mostly been disappointing.
Grant shines in romantic comedies, when he can flutter his eyelids and stutter charmingly, like in "Four Weddings and a Funeral," reviewed here.
"Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994)
Directed by Mike Newell. Starring Grant and Andie MacDowell.
Grant stars as Charles, an English bachelor in search of Miss Right. Attending a series of weddings, he finally meets the woman of his dreams, Carrie (MacDowell), a liberal American.
Charles spends a dreamy night with Carrie, but she treats it as a one-night stand and promptly returns to the United States. A coincidence allows the heartbroken Charles to meet Carrie again at another wedding, only this time she is engaged.
Driven to despair, Charles decides to marry somebody he doesn't really love. On his wedding day, though, Carrie shows up -- with a startling revelation.
"Four Weddings and a Funeral" entertains with wit and fine performances. Wedding speeches are filled with wisdom and humor. The zest and jests of the supporting cast make this movie a modern-day classic.
by Chun Su-jin