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PG-13
| | 1 hr 33 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

So I Married An Axe Murderer is a 1993 comedy-horror film that features Mike Myers. Myers plays Charlie Mackenzie, a coffee shop poet who is down on his luck in regards to his love life. Charlie tries to psychoanalyze his problem, only to find that the problem may be with him. His major turnaround occurs when he meets Harriet, played by Nancy Travis. As they fall deeper into love, the plot begins to thicker. While things seem to be going really well, Charlie begins to become suspicious of Nancy. The plot takes a turn for the worse when the evidence starts piling up that Nancy may be a notorious serial killer who kills men on her honeymoon. Charlie hires his brother, a policeman to investigate the situation. From here the plot takes some serious twists and turns that are both strange and intriguing. The film's tension relies on keeping the viewer guessing, balancing on the fine line between comedy and horror.

The film is generally lighthearted in tone, though there are a few shocking moments. The movie operates onscreen like a romantic comedy, only pulling out its horror elements during the peak moments of the film. The humor is more placed in the affability of Mike Myers as a comedic everyman. In a lot of ways it's easy to sympathize with his plight. Much of the film's humor relies on Charlie not knowing whether or not Harriet is the killer. This is where the film holds most of its weight, as it could make the viewer interpret it as a comedy or horror depending on what they're inclined to believe. Like movies such as An American Werewolf in London, the plot line infuses the horror as kind of an inflection to what is at its heart a funny premise. The movie doesn't quite qualify as a dark comedy. It doesn't exemplify the dark aspects, and instead plays up the comedy of the whole situation.

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Stars
Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Plummer, Brenda Fricker
Director
Thomas Schlamme
Language
English
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