So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)


Mike Myers suspects his girlfriend may be a serial killer in this alleged comedy. Look, I love Mike Myers as much as the next person, and when he’s allowed room to cut loose in a movie, that movie generally works. But in So I Married an Axe Murderer from writer Robbie Fox and director Thomas Schlamme, there’s nothing funny or interesting about the main storyline of a man falling in love and investigating his girlfriend (a very unfunny Nancy Travis) for murder. It’s almost like Fox wrote a serious movie that people tried to transform into a comedy with funny cameo appearances and supporting performances.

The film’s best moments come when Mike Myers plays his own Scottish father — including a parade of insults he hurls at his own son for having a bigger-than-usual head, or his singing-along to “I’m Too Sexy” played hilariously on bagpipes. Almost every funny moment in the movie comes from the Scottish father character, or from some other day-player the likes of Phil Hartman, Steven Wright, Alan Arkin, or Charles Grodin. The rest of the movie, without chemistry between Myers and Travis, is an endurance test culminating in a who-dunnit you can predict a mile away.

With Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Plummer, and Brenda Fricker.

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