So I Married an Axe Murderer

So I Married an Axe Murderer: Recommend

No Spoilers on this one

I have always enjoyed the movie “So I Married an Axe Murderer” and I had the opportunity to rewatch this film recently and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it held up.

Have you ever watched a movie and it had all the right actors, the right director, a brilliant script that was beautifully shot and you realize that this project just didn’t work? It’s like the movie should be good and you’ve seen films like this work before, but for whatever reason, this one just doesn’t?

It happens.

In this case “So I Married an Axe Murderer” does the opposite. As I watch this film it’s filled with so many elements that shouldn’t work and yet it does so brilliantly. You keep telling yourself that the sum of the parts all suck individually, but as a whole, this film actually works brilliantly.

Here’s my observations.

In the past I’ve tried to sell this movie to people and when I explain that it’s a Mike Myers vehicle, people want to take a pass because of his other projects. Fair. But he works well in this movie.

This is also an ensemble movie where most of the (then current) SNL crew played bit and key parts. Yeah, most SNL ensemble movies suck. And in spite of the fact that these comedians are adding their comedic twist to their straight parts for comedic effect, this story still works.

Mike Myers character works as an Avant-garde poet and as uninteresting a premise that is for a character, Myers actually pulls off the part brilliantly.

Myers also gets to play the protagonist’s father. Another weird (but often fun when done for comedic effect) affectation that normally wouldn’t work in a story like “So I Married an Axe Murderer.”

So yeah. I concede that this movie doesn’t seem like something that would work.

However, it does.

In Film School I developed a theory that multi-genre films are inherently more enjoyable and “So I Married an Axe Murderer” helps support this theory.

As for what genre to put this movie I classify it as a Romantic Comedy, Buddy Cop, Murder Mystery.

Yep, all of those.

Obviously, the budding love story between Charlie Mackenzie and Harriet Michaels contains all of the typical elements that one would expect from a typical Rom/Com.

The Buddy Cop elements are both leaned into and subverted. Charlie Mackenzie’s best friend Tony Giardino is a local cop. The two characters share scenes that one would expect to find in any buddy cop flick and the two share that same chemistry, in spite of the fact that Mackenzie isn’t on the force.

And the murder mystery comes about when Mackenzie realizes that he just married an Axe Murderer!

The other oddity about this movie is that the only ‘professional’ actor of note is Nancy Travis. And she’s a brilliant actress! Definitely worth the price of admission to see Travis do her work.

This movie also has some fun pull quotes that would make this a neat cult classic. Get enough of your friends to watch this and you’ll find yourself inserting zany quotes from this movie as appropriate. (Much as we do for “Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail” and “The Princess Bride”).

This is not brilliant movie making but it’s a fun date night movie. Go check it out. You should enjoy this one!

Rated PG-13 (in the USA) this movie isn’t appropriate for the kiddies. Not that the kids would be interested in this film anyways.

So I Married an Axe Murderer is a fun date night movie available on Amazon Prime.