So I Married an Axe Murderer **1/2 (out of 5) (1993)

Cast: Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Plummer, Brenda Fricker

Directed byThomas Schlamme


A San Francisco poet meets an owner of a Meats of the World deli, all the while falling more and more in love with her but also beginning to suspect more and more that she is a fugitive murderess of her three previous husbands who reportedly were killed or missing on their honeymoons with her.

The film is a mixed bag, with Mike Myers handling the comedy well, but showing his limitations in the romantic scenes. It is occasionally funny, but the moments of laughter come too few and far between to claim it successful as a comedy. It's one of those films that throws in nostalgic references to past and present cheesy songs and fads (much like the WEDDING SINGER) for most of it's gags, and if you like those sorts of things I suppose you'll enjoy this film more than I did. The lighthearted film gets a little darker toward the end with a Hitchcockian climax, which is only fitting since the film is basically a semi-spoof version of SUSPICION. Watchable but disappointing.

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