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So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
Directed by Thomas Schlamme Written by Robbie Fox
The film opens up to a place called Roads, where we see Charlie Mackenzie preparing to deliver yet another memorable poem that included the finer details of his latest break-up. Speaking with friend Tony (Anthony LaPaglia) whose undercover, cover, needed to be turned a bit down. He was a cop that is. Sharing with his friend that he had broken up with each of his ex’s on account of very plausible reasons; convinced one was in the mob while another smelled exactly like beef vegetable soup. But before we continue, I must admit, the poem that Mike Myers performs is one of those all time favorite scenes for myself. Hands down, always makes me laugh.
The next morning he stops by a “Meats of the World” shop to purchase a haggis for his mother and makes a brief introduction with the butcher, exchanging in some harmless flirting. Later in the day he arrives at his parents, who were very Scottish, as per his description. Something the Scottish Hall of Fame on the wall gives away pretty easily. Charlie’s mother informs him of what the paper had to offer in its latest news. It seems the “honeymoon murderer” had claimed three victims thus far and warned her son of swimming in the dating pool. He wonders into the Meats of the world shop the next day to finds Harriet (Nancy Travis) with a bit of a rush but offering assistance, having done so back when his father worked as a butcher and helping her close up the shop. After of which the two go for a stroll and share some conversation, ending the night at Harriet’s place. Finding her sister Rose (Amanda Plummer) the next morning (in the shower) who had a note left for Charlie and exchanged in some awkward conversation before seeing him out.
Tony and Charlie decide to go for a tour at Alcatraz as he ask of his friend to ensure nothing went wrong on his part, having a tendency to get scared the further into a relationship we went. Having an inclination of everything being on a great path so far. We get the “lovey dovey” montage to forward their time spent together. Taking a walk in the rain after a double date, the two discuss how the next day she would be meeting his parents; who immediately take a liking to her. Sharing any embarrassing story that can be thought up once introduced. Charlie going into the restroom and looking through the same paper that withheld information of “Mrs. Ex” to find many of the finer details mimicking parts of Harriet’s life. Later hearing on A Current Affair of poisoning being the most prevalent cause for deaths within couples; he instantly becomes suspicious when offered a homemade smoothie. Though it probably didn’t help when she later explained (in bed) the many things she could do to him in his sleep. How vulnerable they both were but meant as a means to state the comfort level in their partnership.
The next day Charlie goes to the San Francisco Globe to purchase a marriage announcement for his parents 30th anniversary. However after all of that, Charlie still decides to break off the relationship, stating that he was too afraid of being dumped in return and would rather be the one to break it off. Changing his mind once Tony informs him of someone claiming responsibility for the Ex murders. Asking for a last chance and going as far as to bring Roads to her place, putting on a live performance that works; it always works. Taking her along with to celebrate the anniversary dinner and asking for her hand in marriage, despite her having a few reservations of saying yes right away. Eyebrows not rising again until their reception when Charlie’s new wife begins serenading her with the tune of “Only You,” something they had discovered Mrs. Ex was quite a fan of.
Having put aside what nonsense clouded his mind and taking his bride to celebrate his honeymoon at a remote hotel. However Tony had taken it upon himself to do some investigating (finally) to discover she in fact had something to do with the murders. Getting a ride on a small airplane and barely divulging too much on the phone before the power dying cut him off. When he does finally arrive and reach the room, he holds Harriet under questioning, believing to have figured it all out. Meanwhile on the roof it seemed Rose had come forward as the actual killer and almost chased Charlie right off. Her reason for killing being that every one of her sisters husbands tried to take her away from her. Leave it to Amanda Plummer to make being siblings creepy. But all is right with the universe when she’s arrested (doesn’t even seem to mind) and Charlie and Harriet get their Happily Ever After. He even creates a poem for her at Roads, this time a bit more up-beat.
Certainly a 90s favorite of mine and part of the feel-good comedies that the past did so well. I loved that he played his father in the film and how he was always yelling at his son to get out-of-the-way of the TV. Nancy Travis was able to play the smart, multi-talented girl next door accordingly so. But the great surprise came from Plummer’s side character which ended up being pretty substantial go figure. She seems like a hard actress to write a part for but holds more potential that certain genres should have taken more advantage of. Alan Arkin also had a hilarious role as Tony’s boss who was trying to act more like a hard ass and would get coached throughout the movie on how to yell at his detectives. There’s also cameos by so many others with small quips that hardly get remembered which is a rather shame, but leaves room to revisit every so often to enjoy a classic killer comedy.