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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12
Cast
Mike Myers
Nancy Travis
Anthony LaPaglia
Amanda Plummer
Brenda Fricker.
Directors
Thomas Schlamme.
Screenwriters
Robbie Fox.
Running Time
91 minutes

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So I Married an Axe-Murderer
After finally finding the right woman to marry, Charlie may be better off on his own.


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Plot
Scared of commitment, Charlie finds the tiniest fault with each of his long-term girlfriends and his imagination blows it all out of proportion. After deciding his new girlfriend might be an axe-murder, he finally manages to convince himself otherwise, but was he right all along?


Review
San Francisco jazz performance poet Charlie MacKenzie (Myers) has a problem with commitment. Whenever he finds himself getting too involved with a woman he invents something unpleasant about her — former girl­friends include a kleptomaniac and a Mafia member — which gives him the excuse to end the relationship and write a poem about it.

So when he meets eminently eligible butcher Harriet (Travis), warm, intelligent, attractive and a dab hand with a cleaver, it's not long before his imagination starts to run riot, especially as a series of dark coincidences seem to place her at the scene of three particularly nasty husband murders. Despite his misgivings, Charlie introduces her to his eccentric Scots family — gruff, McEwan's Export-swigging father Stuart (Myers again, sporting old age make-up and a spot-on Scottish accent), Bay City Rollers fan mother May (Fricker) and an unfortunate kid brother with an oversized bonce known simply as Heed. Travis comes through the experience unscathed and soon the pair are well on the way to a "till death us do part" situation.

Myers falls into the love-him-loathe-him category of comic actors, but there's no denying his talent — whether wooing Travis with his wit or spouting wickedly accurate Scots epithets — and, minus his Wayne's World rug and inane grin, makes a credible, though offbeat, romantic lead. Travis is a poised foil to his comic hyperactivity and the is-she-isn't-she tension is eked out right up to the nail-bitingly chop-happy ending. It may not be very sophisticated, but it's a delightfully quirky romantic comedy with an agreeably sharp edge.


Verdict
After the success of Wayne's World, much was expected from Myers and this is a distinctly average comedy which failed to deliver. He is enjoyable as the neurotic Charlie as well as his father but the concept itself is just a little too unconvincing.


Reviewed by Yvette Huddleston

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