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After the huge success of Waynes World there was only one way for Mike Myers to go and that was down. This was his first film away from the characters he created and subsequently the backlash began when this film died a death at the box office. The problem with the film is that it just ain't that funny and that's really what you expect from it. This is something that I like to call a nothing film, it's story isn't really anything and it doesn't anything to compensate. Myers himself can't really be to blame as he is merely the star and had nothing to do with the script. For those concerned with plot, Myers plays Charlie Mackenzie, a bitter poet who can't keep a relationship. That's until he meets local butcher Harriet (Nancy Travis), the pair embark on romance although there are signs that Harriet may actually be a serial killer who has killed her husbands in a number of american states. Of course this gives Charlie so doubts and when they get married he is faced with the prospect that he has married an axe murderer. Yes that's pretty much it, you get a nice soundtrack which features a few versions of The La's 'There She Goes' and some nice fluffy rom-com moments. However that's about it, the only character that trys to get laughs is Charlie's dad also played by Myers' Unfortunately to us brits the scottish character may not be as funny. There are some amusing moments such as Alan Arkin trying to be a hard ass police chief but I kind of got the feeling that it was such an easy gag and didn't really have anything to in the film as Arkin's character served nothing to the film as a whole. The acting is decent enough but Meyers is never really allowed to go full out and Travis is really there as the more straight lead in the movie. Thomas Schlamme's direction is very standard and workman-like. He's since found greater success on TV show's like The West Win
g. Overall this is something that makes a harmless 90 minutes and is worth watching if you're bored and it's on TV. However it's no classic and it's easy to see why it died. I really wish I could say more about the film but there really isn't much to say about it.
Starring the talented Mike Myers, this film was not the box office hit of Austin Powers, neither did it have the cult following of Wayne's World, nevertheless, if you are a Mike Myers fan, you will most probably enjoy it. Mike plays Charlie Mackenzie, a performance poet with a long list of ex-girlfriends with strange obsessions. While Charlie swears he left them because of their idiosyncrasies, (including one who 'smelt of soup'!) his best friend (TOny, a police officer who thinks his job should be more like it is in the movies!) thinks Charlie is just shying away from commitment. On a visit to ‘Meats of the world’ to buy a haggis for his mum and dad(also played by Myers), Charlie meets Harriet. They hit it off almost immediately and everything seems to be going great. He helps her out in her butchers shop, they laugh together, and Charlie begins to fall in love. But (you just knew there’d be a but didn’t you?) Harriet has some weird habits herself. As well as having a slightly strange sister(Rose), Harriet can speak Russian, has a large collection of samurai swords, and she shouts out ’Ralph’ in her sleep. Charlie reads in one of his mum’s tabbloid papers about a mysterious 'Mrs X' who marries and then axes her husbands. When he reads that one has been Russian and another a martial arts expert, Charlie begins to get suspicious of his beautiful Harriet. Charlie’s friend convinces him that he is being paranoid, and finally Charlie and Harriet tie the knot. However, while they are off on their honeymoon, Tony gets some disturbing news, and suddenly it is a race against time to get to Charlie before someone wielding an axe gets there first. This isn’t the best film you’ll ever see, and it is very predictable in places, but it does have some very funny moments and is well worth a watch.
If you are a fan of Mike Myres (Waynes World and Austin Powers) then So I Married an Axe Murderer is the film for you. It see Myres doing what he does best, playing multiple characters in his films. So I Married an Axe Murderer has the 15 certificate, so it is going to have a moderate amount of swearing in it, but not too much. ********* Warning: Do not continue if you want to watch the film. ********* ~~The Film~~ The story of the film is about Charlie Mackenzie (Mike Myres), he is a new age poet, he is looking for love, but is not having much luck. His past lovers include a terrorist, a mafia moll and a kleptomaniac! So you can imagine that he is not too willing to commit to any one. Charlie goes to his parents and finds an article in his mothers news paper, “The Honeymoon Murderer”, someone has killed three people so far on their honeymoons, a Russian martial arts experts, a Las Vegas table singer who can sing “My Way” in 5 different languages and a plumber named Ralf from Boston. Charlie meets Harriet (Nancy Travis) one day when getting a haggis for his parents (they are Scottish and support Celtic). Charlie and Harriet start seeing each other and Charlie this time is going to make a real effort. This is okay until he starts to notice some things like, Harriet says Ralf in her sleep and she has a martial arts thing going on her wall and she can speak Russian. Charlie gets scared of this for a while but Harriet supplies decent explanations. Charlie and Harriet get married and they go on their honeymoon, all is okay until later on in the evening. Charlie comes back to find a note, supposedly left by him, which he didn’t write. It turns out that the axe murderer is Harriet’s sister and she starts going after Charlie. In the end Harriet finds out what has happened to he previous husbands, as she thought that they had run away and Harriet’s sister is captured. ~~General~~ This fi
lm has a really good sound track, which makes the film even better. The performance by Mike Myres is fantastic and you can see where his Scottish accent for Fat Bastard (Austin Powers 2) comes from as he plays Charlie’s dad very well, with a very convincing accent. This is a brilliant dark comedy from the talent of Mike Myres.
Surprisingly, a film that only had Mike Myers as a star and not as a producer or a writer/director. So I Married An Axe Murderer is a funny original premise centring on male paranoia about marriage and has some excellent one liners. The most hilarious performance is by Mike Myers however, not as Charlie the protagonist but as Charlie's scottish dad who is so funny and embarresing and yet so true. The film however is extremely unrealistic and is let down by a predictable ending which is more boring than funny. However, Nancy Tavis is quite attractive as the leading lady and the music by The La's is really catchy. An entertaining movie for a chillable night.
This is a real gem of a film that failed to sparkle at the box office,presumably because it bore no relation to Myers' previous success "Wayne's world".This is a shame because it's wittier and far funnier. Myers plays Charley a beat poet with a failure to commit to women.He meets Nancy Travis whilst shopping for haggis and things start to look good.His suspicions are aroused when she mention mens' names in her sleep and after reading his mother's National Enquirer he thinks she may be the "black widow killer".Well at least she dos'nt smell of soup. Ignoring his better judgement Charley commits to marriage and after a great wedding scene ("We have a piper down!")he heads off to an eventful honeymoon.Meanwhile his friends realise his paranoia may be well founded and a storm prevents any warnings getting through.. The plot is secondary to the funny script and great cast.Myers himself steals the show as his character's own father a San Fransico dwelling Scotsman whose home is a shrine to all things Scottish.His great lines include "Lets get pished!" and "Light a match" to someone going to the toilet.It's so funny that footage of the Scotland football team does little to depress the viewer. The father character also ribs Charley's brother mercilessly about his large head "It's got it's own weather system" and "It's like a watermelon on a cocktail stick" are only two of many lines that have doubtlessly been used to taunt big heids the world over ever since. The excellent cast also includes Brenda Fricker late of Casualty as Charley's horny mother and Amanda Plummer doing her nutty act that was later to resurface in "Pulp Fiction". Look out also for Kramer(off Seinfeld)himself Michael Richards as an insensitive reporter at the Obituarys desk."Look at me,I'm insensitive!".
A great movie which although predictable provides laughs and great lines throughout.One not to be missed.
Probably Mike Myers' most underrated film, "So I Married An Axe Murderer" is nothing short of hilarious! Mike Myers stars as committment-phobic poet Charlie, a man known for dumping his many girlfriends for reasons such as "She smells of soup". Things change however when he meets butcher Harriet (Nancy Travis) and falls for her. However after reading a tabloid newspaper he finds an article about a mysterious woman named Mrs X. who is known for having married several different husbands, only to decapitate them on the honeymoon. Charlie begins to grow worried after he makes various connections between Mrs. X and Harriet, and he then belives she may be a murderer. This is the basic plot of the film, although the comedy is far more amusing than the actual plot. The opening coffee house scene which features Charlie reciting a poem about his ex-girlfriend ("Woman! Wo-man! Woooooooman!") is particularly hilarious, as are the scenes involving Charlie's eccentric Scottish father (also played by Myers). Possibly the funniest moments of the film occur when Charlie's father constantly criticises his other son's rather large head ("Heed! Will you look at the size of that melon? He'll be crying himself to sleep on his massive pillow!"). The film is worth seeing for Myers' performances alone, you can easily tell where he got the idea for the Scottish Fat Bastard in "Austin Powers the Spy Who Shagged Me", although the performance as Chalie's father in "SIMAAM" is possibly the best he's ever done. There are clear elements of the character of Wayne from "Wayne's World" in "SIMAAM"'s Charlie, which is another reason to see this film. However the supporting cast are also strong, notably Anthony LaPaglia as Charlie's best friend Tony, who dreams of being a Starsky and Hutch-like cop. There is of course a twist at the end of t
he film, one which is pretty obvious from mid-way through the film, however the plot is entertaining enough to keep you amused throughout. And as I've said before, the film is mostly big on humour anyway. Fans of Mike Myers will love this film, however I would recommend it to those unfamiliar with Myers anyway. It's strange how this film failed to get much recognition, so it might be no "Waynes World" (there are very few comedies that can top that film anyway) but "So I Married An Axe Murderer" is a side-splittingly funny, entertaining and amusing film, and well worth watching in the midst of most dull romantic comedies existing today.
Enjoyable on many levels ... OK, it's enjoyable on only one level--if you're a big fan of Mike Myers's screwball idea of funny. That this script had been through a lot of hands in Hollywood before Myers agreed to star in it (using his Wayne's World clout) seems amazing as most of the truly funny bits here seem to be straight from Myers. Most memorable is his role as his own irascible Scottish father, screaming at his youngest son and talking about the Bay City Rollers. But Myers also plays Charlie, a bookshop owner/poet who falls in love with a "hardhearted harbinger of haggis", the local butcher (Nancy Travis), who may also be a serial killer. Mostly enjoyable, but there's also some weird stuff here. Try as you might, you may never rid yourself of the image of Brenda Fricker and Anthony LaPaglia making out. Also features a great soundtrack with Soul Asylum and Toad the Wet Sprocket. --Keith Simanton