Let us propose a toast to the “Four Weddings and a Funeral” sequel 25 years in the making.
Writer Richard Curtis did a smashing job bringing the cast back together for the charming mini-sequel, “One Red Nose Day and a Wedding,” including our beloved screen couple Charles (Hugh Grant, 58) and Carrie (Andie MacDowell, 60).
The follow-up centered on their daughter Miranda’s (Lily James) wedding to Faith (Alicia Vikander) and aired as part of NBC’s “The Red Nose Day Special” Thursday, an annual fundraiser for the charity co-founded by Curtis that helps children living in poverty.
It took “Avengers: Endgame” three hours to give each superhero a flex moment, Curtis spotlighted his whole cast in a sweet 14 minutes.
“It was a funny old thing trying to represent everybody in some way,” Curtis told USA TODAY.
There were some shockers after 25 years. Here are the biggest:
(Note: You can watch an extended sequel version on the Red Nose Day USA Facebook page.)
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Charles and Carrie have dried off, are still together, still unmarried
Carrie took commitment-phobe Charles seriously when he romantically non-proposed to her in the original film’s ending. “Not being married to me is something you’d consider for the rest of your life?” he asked Carrie in the pouring rain.
She said she didn’t notice the rain and gave an “I do.” They kissed perfectly. The sequel shows they have stayed unmarried and in love for 25 years while having Miranda.
Charles does ask from the pew why they never got married. Carrie has a fun response. “I think it was raining really hard that day, and we just wanted to get inside.”
Fiona has a child, we’re told it’s not from Prince Charles
The sequel reveals that Vikander’s Faith is actually Fiona’s (Kristin Scott Thomas) daughter. Fiona had tragically pined for Charles in “Four Weddings” but was pictured with her new boyfriend at film’s end — Prince Charles.
Don’t get any ideas. Curtis insists Prince Charles is not Faith’s father, despite the fact that Fiona’s partner is pointedly not present at the “Red Nose” wedding.
Curtis says the “Prince Charles thing” was a “fling rather than a long-term relationship. Fiona thought he didn’t come up to scratch.”
Matthew has a new boyfriend, and it’s not the film’s producer
Matthew (John Hannah) lost his love Gareth (Simon Callow) in the original’s third wedding, allowing for the title’s poignant funeral. By the end of the movie, Matthew is pictured happily with a new man. Fun fact: To save money, the new man pictured was actually “Four Weddings” producer Duncan Kenworthy. He is not an actor, and did not desire a speaking part in the sequel.
Instead Matthew has moved on and married the hunky Anthony (Raza Jeffrey).
Henrietta has moved on after Charles left her at the altar
Don’t pity Henrietta (Anna Chancellor), even as she was left at the altar by Charles in the original film.
“Getting dumped by you is the luckiest day of my life,” Henrietta says. “Once you realize you don’t have to marry for love, everything is much easier.”
She shows off her third husband Nigel (Patrick Godfrey) zooming about in an electric wheelchair.
Charles has grown a heart, really
We loved Grant’s Charles, even if he was an emotionally stammering cad. But in the sequel’s big moment, Charles gives a speech to his daughter and gets a little weepy talking passionately about true love. Even more shocking, Grant nails the emotion.
“The three best best things in this weird, worrying but ultimately wonderful world,” Charles says, voice wavering: “Love, love, love.”
Oh my stars.
“I thought it was sweet that as an older man he’s still battling to say the right thing,” Curtis explains. “But in the end, Charles’ experience in love makes him say the right thing, even though he stumbles over it.”