Movie Review: So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 1993 comedy starring Mike Myers and Nancy Travis.

Synopsis: Charlie MacKenzie, a San Francisco poet, has a history of failed relationships because of commitment issues. However, when he falls in love with a butcher, Harriet Michaels, he ends up proposing to her. There's just one problem, Harriet may have already been married three times before and may have murdered her previous husbands.


This was the only day I had an opportunity to sleep in a bit. However, my cat had a different idea and, since he woke me up early enough, I ended up looking for a movie to watch while waiting for the rest of the family to get up. This ended up being "So I Married an Axe Murderer," which I discovered on one of our movie channels and I hadn't watched in a while.

I didn't remember much about this movie when I first started watching it. However, after seeing it again in the first time in a long time, I have to say it was much better than I remembered.

First of all, I loved Mike Myers in this movie. Not only did he play the main character, Charlie, perfectly, with just the right amount of charm and the right amount of flaws (including the ability to find a reason to end a relationship), he played Charlie's father, Stuart, fantastically. In fact, I think Stuart, and his obsession with all things Scottish, made this movie funnier that it might have otherwise been.

I also liked the way the movie managed to create a decent mystery. I wasn't ever fully convinced Harriet (Travis) was a murderer. But, the evidence did seem to point in her direction and she does seem much more guilty after they get married.

I figured, if nothing else, there was likely some truth to the suspicions. Even though I was able to figure out the truth, it still made the movie entertaining to watch and I think I would have enjoyed this even if it wasn't a comedy.

Probably the only thing I wasn't a huge fan of when it came to this film was the wedding/reception scenes. Those did seem to drag on quite a bit and, especially with the bagpipe music, were getting a bit old quickly. Plus, they didn't really add all that much to the overall plot.

Final Opinion

This is an entertaining film that is a great comedy but also could have worked as a drama. I do recommend taking the time to watch it if you get a chance to.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 02/27/2016, StevenHelmer
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