British Films in the 1990s<br />While cinema audiences were climbing in the UK in the early 1990s, few British films were enjoying significant commercial success, even in the home market.<br /> With the introduction of public funding for British films through the new National Lottery, a production boom occurred in the late 1990s, but only a few of these films found significant commercial success, and many went unreleased. <br />
The surprise success of the Richard Curtis-scripted comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), which grossed $244 million worldwide and introduced Hugh Grant to global fame, led to renewed interest and investment in British films, and set a pattern for British-set romantic comedies, including Sliding Doors (1998) and Notting Hill (1999).<br />
Four Weddings and a Funeral<br />‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ was a 1994 British romantic comedy film. The film became the highest-grossing British film in cinema history at the time, earning over $245.7 million, and received an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination.<br />
Starring:<br />Hugh Grant as Charles <br /> James Fleet asTom <br /> Simon Callow asGareth <br /> John Hannah as Matthew <br /> Kristin Scott Thomas as Fiona <br /> David Bower as David <br /> Charlotte Coleman as Scarlett <br />Andie MacDowell as Carrie<br />
Directed by: Written by:<br />Mike Newall<br /><ul><li>Richard Curtis</li></ul>Genre:<br /><ul><li>Romantic Comedy (RomCom)</li></li></ul><li>Why do people like this movie?<br />Involves Hugh Grant ( And other Popular Actors/Actresses)<br />Involves ‘Heart warming’ scenes.<br />Arguably involves realistic situations and attitudes.<br />Light-Hearted.<br />
‘Four Weddings and A Funeral’ was very well received with critics, holding a 96% approval on review website Rotten Tomatoes.<br />Roger Ebert gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, calling it "delightful and sly", and directed with "light-hearted enchantment" by Newell. He praised Grant's performance, describing it as a kind of "endearing awkwardness".<br />The film did have its critics though. Writing for the "Chicago Reader", Jonathan Rosenbaum called the film "generic" and "standard issue", stating that the audience shouldn't "expect to remember it ten minutes later".<br />Time magazine writer Richard Corliss was less scathing, but agreed that it was forgettable, saying that it was a film people would "forget all about them by the time you leave the multiplex.", even joking at the end of his review that he had forgotten the film's name.<br />Upon its North American limited release on March 11, 1994, Four Weddings and a Funeral opened with $138,486 in 5 theatres. But upon its wide release on April 15, 1994, the film topped the box office with $4,162,489.The film would continue to gross $53,700,832 domestically with an additional $193 million internationally, earning $245,700,832 worldwide.<br />
The Full Monty<br />The Full Monty is a 1997 British comedy film.<br /> It tells the story of six unemployed men who<br /> decide to form a male striptease act in order to<br /> gather enough money to get somewhere else<br /> and for main character Gaz to be able to see his son. Gaz declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they will go "the Full Monty“. Despite being a<br />comedy, the film also touches on serious<br />subjects such as unemployment, fathers' rights, <br />depression, impotence, homosexuality, working class culture and suicide. The film was rated a 15 in Britain for frequent strong language.<br />
Starring:<br /> Robert Carlyle as Gaz <br /> Mark Addy as David 'Dave' <br /> William Snape as Nathan <br /> Steve Huison as Lomper <br /> Tom Wilkinson as Gerald <br /> Paul Barber as Horse <br /> Hugo Speer as Guy<br />
Directed by: Written by:<br />Peter Cattaneo <br /><ul><li> Simon Beaufoy</li></ul>Genre:<br /><ul><li> Comedy</li></li></ul><li>Why do people like this movie?<br />It’s funny.<br />It shows Britain as it really was for some people in the 90s.<br />It’s honest.<br />It’s ‘Heart warming’.<br />It involves some good music.<br />
Financially, this movie did very well and grossed$45,857,453 in the USA alone.(26 April 1998)<br />The film when it was first released, earned mostly positive reviews. Reviewers Rotten Tomatoes report that 95% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 40 reviews, with an average score of 7.6/10.<br /> The film went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.<br />
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