9 Distractingly Bad Performances In Otherwise Great Movies

8. Four Weddings And A Funeral: Andie MacDowell - Carrie

Gramercy Pictures

Four Weddings and a Funeral is an absolutely terrific British romantic comedy and the best thing screenwriter Richard Curtis has ever done, but as hilarious and touching as the film mostly is, its central romance between Charles (Hugh Grant) and Carrie (Andie MacDowell) is actually pretty chemistry-free since one half of the couple gives such a bad performance.

Hugh Grant does fine work in the film, but MacDowell is very wooden and it's hard to understand exactly while Charles is so smitten with her character. In a film with so many strong comedic turns, this terrible performance is Very distracting indeed.

Seriously, just try to watch MacDowell's entirely bored, disinterested delivery of the line "Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed" at the film's ending, which is supposed to be the film's big romantic moment, without cringing; you'll fail miserably.

Inexplicably, the Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus refers to "winsome performances from Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell."

Huh? There's nothing "winsome" about this performance, mate.


Film Studies graduate, aspiring screenwriter and all-around nerd who, despite being a pretentious cinephile who loves art-house movies, also loves modern blockbusters and would rather watch superhero movies than classic Hollywood films. Once met Tommy Wiseau.