Mike Newell's 1994 British romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral is a film about a tight-knit group of somewhat childish friends who suddenly find everyone around them getting married, having children, and moving on with their lives. Chronically late Charles (Hugh Grant), flighty Scarlett (Charlotte Coleman), acid-tongued Fiona (Kristen Scott Thomas), kind-hearted Matthew (John Hannah), nervous Tom (James Fleet), and optimist Gareth (Simon Callow) are like the cool kids in the back of the class cracking jokes and playfully judging everyone. As a group, they are able to remain in a communal state of arrested development. But as our heroes drift from wedding to wedding to funeral, they find themselves growing, often against their will.
Newell's film excels at effortlessly portraying friendship with meaningful looks, nods, smiles and inside jokes. With these small touches, we immediately believe Charles and his friends are close without them having to explicitly declare it. Screenwriter Richard Curtis excels at depicting the small comedies of weddings, from confrontational seating arrangements to surprising private hookups. There is a strong sense of community across the weddings and funeral, populated by a talented, funny cast where every bit player is able to get their moment. By the time the credits role, it feels like you've watched a concise, satisfying season of television. With its witty, timeless banter and genuine performances, Four Weddings and a Funeral still stands as one of the best romantic comedies of all time.
It's no surprise then that co-creators Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton would reboot the film as a 10-episode miniseries for Hulu, reintroducing the story to a new audience, providing ample time with each character outside of the confines of a feature film. It's a concept that sounds great on paper, and with the right actors and storylines, it could easily recapture the magic of the original.