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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » So I Married an Axe Murderer
So I Married an Axe Murderer
Columbia/Tri-Star // PG-13 // June 1, 1999
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Review by Jeffrey Robinson | posted November 25, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie

Studio: Columbia Tristar

Theatrical Release Date: July 30, 1993

DVD Release Date: June 1, 1999

Run Time: 93 Minutes

MPAA: PG-13 for Crude Sex-Related Humor

Director: Thomas Schlamme

Cast:
Mike Myers as Charlie Mackenzie/Stuart Mackenzie
Nancy Travis as Harriet Michaels
Anthony LaPaglia as Tony Giardino
Amanda Plummer as Rose Michaels
Brenda Fricker as May Mackenzie
Matt Doherty as Willie Mackenzie

Background:
Mike Myers is a well-known actor for his hilarious roles in Saturday Night Live (SNL) (1989-1995), the SNL film series Wayne's World 1 & 2 (1992, 1993), and the Austin Powers trilogy (1997, 1999, 2002). What you usually don't hear much about is his role in So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993). This feature was introduced during the height of Myer's SNL career. In this feature you can expect the same humor you would from Mike Myers in other features like Wayne's World or Austin Powers.

The Story:
Charlie Mackenzie (Mike Myers) is the kind of individual who fears commitment in a relationship. Charlie just recently broke up with one of his girlfriends, because he claims that she's a klepto. His cat is missing, but really the truth is Charlie makes stupid excuses to end relationships when they get serious.

Well life goes on for Charlie until he meets Harriet Michaels (Nancy Travis) in a butcher shop. The two hit it off pretty well. Soon it is seems clear that Charlie has met the perfect woman. However after Charlie connects the dots from something his mother told him, it becomes apparent that Harriet fits the profile of a homicidal killer!

He seeks advice from his cop friend Tony Giardino (Anthony LaPaglia), who insists it is some lame excuse for him to end a perfectly good relationship. Is Charlie being paranoid or is Harriet a psychotic murderer?

Synopsis from DVD:
"Comedy sensation Mike Myers stars with Nancy Travis in this hatchet-driven romantic comedy about a wedlock-shy coffee house poet who finally meets the perfect woman. When it comes to love, Charlie Mackenzie (Myers) has had his share of bad luck: Sherri was a klepto-Charlie still can't find his cat. Jill was unemployed-but Charlie knew she really worked for the Mafia. Pam smelled like soup-beef vegetable soup. Good thing for Charlie he discovered the truth before things went too far-before he stumbled in MARRIAGE! Because to Charlie the "M" word is just one step away from the fate foretold in that chilling phrase: "'Til death do us part." When Charlie meets Harriet Michaels (Travis) everything changes. Harriet's not like the others. She's smart, sexy, and crazy about Charlie. This time Charlie is determined to overcome the fears that sabotaged his past relationships. This time, he's ready for some commitment. Sure, Harriet may have her shortcoming-but so what? After all those other women, what's the worst she could be? An axe murder?"

The DVD

Spoken Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai

Mechanics: This feature is offered on a flipper (double sided) DVD. Side A contains the feature in Widescreen video format. Side B contains the feature in Full Screen video format. The DVD navigation is very straight forward, utilizing a still picture menu system. There is a chapter scene selection sub-menu.

Video:
This picture was presented in both 1.33:1 ratio Full Frame color and 1.85:1 ratio Widescreen color. The video transfer is fairly decent. It is a little grainy, but not so bad that it interferes with viewing of the feature.

Sound:
The audio presented in this feature included English Dolby Surround Sound, Spanish, and Portuguese. The sound quality was very good. I noticed no issues with the sound quality. The sound level was very stable throughout each episode. I did not have to adjust the volume on the television.

Subtitles:
This feature also had caption subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai languages. The English subtitles presented in this feature were pretty much exact to the spoken dialogue. The subtitles and dialogue were presented in sync. I noticed no spelling errors or big discrepancies between the subtitles and dialogue.

Extras:
There is really not much in this category but a Theatrical Trailer and the feature is presented in both Full Screen and Widescreen. Having the option to watch the feature in both formats is a definite plus.

Final Thoughts:
"HELLO!" haha, isn't that funny? Well, I guess you'll have to see this movie to understand what I mean. I absolutely love this movie. I think I can even say that I enjoy this movie more than I do the Austin Powers films. It's just wonderful. There's a breadth of comedy within. Mike Myers does a fantastic job in this film.

This feature is somewhat similar to the roles he played in Saturday Night Live, Wayne's World, and Austin Powers. I say this because the humor in this 10 year old feature still holds today. In fact there are several bits and pieces in this feature in which you would see in any of the Austin Powers films.

When I first saw this film I was about 12 years old. I found it hilarious then and I still do. This is pretty important, because as a teenager it was great and now in my early twenties I still find it to be a great movie. The point is the comedy in this film will last for years to come, which means you can watch it over and over.

Now I could continue to rave on and on about this film, but I won't because I'd like to speak a little about negatives of this film. While this was a tremendously funny movie, it was pretty all to Mike Myers. He plays two roles as Charlie Mackenzie and Charlie's father Stuart Mackenzie. Myers does a fantastic job. However, the problem with this film is that Myers is really the only funny character. The other major supporting roles filled by Nancy Travis as Harriet Michaels, Anthony LaPaglia as Tony Giardino, Amanda Plummer as Rose Michaels, Brenda Fricker as May Mackenzie, and Matt Doherty as Willie Mackenzie weren't funny. This film could have been much stronger, funny with at least another support role with a comical individual. Other than that I don't have any thoughts against this film, except this next one.

Now don't expect a wonderful plot from this movie, because the truth is this movie didn't win an award for a reason. The plot is pretty dumb. But I suppose it was done that way to open up for the various comical scenes. The plot was much better than either of the Wayne's World movies, but not as good as the Austin Powers movies. Also keep in mind that I don't consider the plots of the Austin Powers movies to be even decent. In my opinion good comedies don't really need a good solid plot, just lots of humor.

Clearly if you enjoyed Myers' Saturday Night Live Career, Wayne's World, or any of the Austin Powers movies, you'll love this. It's a great film to add to the collection. It is definitely one of my favorite comedies. I really suggest you pick this up.

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