Mindy Kaling has assembled the equivalent of a romcom "dream team" with her Hulu TV series remake of the classic 1994 Hugh Grant-Andie MacDowell film. Kaling created Four Weddings with her Mindy Project collaborator Matt Warburton, Mindy Project alum and Great News creator Tracey Wigfield serves as showrunner and the romcom genius and Four Weddings screenwriter Richard Curtis serves as an executive producer. "And yet somehow, especially in the initial three episodes, what they’ve managed to build together comes across mostly as hackneyed, predictable, and more interested in tipping its hat to rom-coms of the past (particularly Curtis’s) than building a unique love story of its own," says Jen Chaney. She adds: "The problems that stymie this series are the same issues that gum up every less-than-inspired romantic comedy: unrealistic plot twists that happen too suddenly, a lack of rich character development, and dialogue that a real human would never say to another real human in a hundred years...One can argue that in a movie that’s two hours or less, certain liberties and shortcuts have to be taken in order to get to the inevitably happy ending as quickly as possible. But a television series doesn’t have that problem. If Four Weddings and a Funeral — which very easily could have been five episodes centered on each of those events — is going to stretch itself into ten roughly 45-minute segments, it should take advantage of all that time to flesh out things that most motion-picture rom-coms don’t have the luxury to explore. A longer run time should allow more space for things to breathe and more room for nuance. Instead, Four Weddings keeps leaning hard into clichés as if those tropes should be celebrated and not met with rolling eyeballs."
TOPICS: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Hulu, Matt Warburton, Mindy Kaling, Nathalie Emmanuel, Richard Curtis, Tracey Wigfield