I had wanted to see this movie for a long time, and finally my friend and I watched it together. I reviewed it for Horrorfest VI
Charlie Mackenzie (Mike Meyers) is a Scottish poet living in San Francisco. He performs at a coffee shop doing his riffs on love. One day he stops at a butcher shop, Meats of the World, to pick up some haggis for his family dinner and meets the butcher-Harriet.
When he visits the family, his mother feels it is her duty to let him know of female serial killer, Mrs. X, that she read about in the tabloids. She hopes that Charlie will be careful and not end up he next victim
He and Harriet continue to date, but he starts noticing that a lot of things about her past are eerily similar to Mrs. X. Is she a fun-loving, eccentric, slightly needy, woman? Or is she an axe murderer?
Most Romantic Moment: I Wrote an A-POEM-OGY
So this romantic moment comes in the middle of the film. Charlie has freaked out over Harriet and is convinced she is Mrs. X, dumping her.
But then he starts to feel like he acted too hastily. And when his police officer friend arrests another woman as Mrs. X; he feels even more stupid.
He tries to get Harriet back, but no dice. She is not interested.
So Charlie decides he most do something really big to prove his love. He gets the coffee shop band to come to her apartment and serenades her with a special Harriet poem.
Woman! Woah-man! Wooaahhhhh-man! We had love, not just sex. Is she Mrs. X? I had to run for my life… Jane, get me off of this crazy thing called love.
I had always heard of this movie, but never had the opportunity to watch it. Every time I tried I would come in the middle or miss pieces. Then one day my friend and I were looking through Hulu and spotted it, deciding to watch it.
Charlie Mackenzie (Mike Meyers) is a Scottish poet living in San Francisco. He performs at a coffee shop doing his riffs on love.
One day he stops at a butcher shop, Meats of the World, to pick up some haggis for his family dinner and meets the butcher-Harriet.
When he visits the family, his mother feels it is her duty to let him know of female serial killer, Mrs. X, that she read about in the tabloids. She hopes that Charlie will be careful and not end up he next victim.
Charlie Mackenzie: Hey Mom, I find it interesting that you refer to the Weekly World News as, “The paper.” The paper contains facts.
May Mackenzie: This paper contains facts. And this paper has the eighth highest circulation in the whole wide world. Right? Plenty of facts. “Pregnant man gives birth.” That’s a fact.
Charlie can’t get Harriet out of his mind and goes back to the butcher shop to spends time with her-actually being hired on as an assistant. There he entertains Harriet, they go out and eat, and ultimately spend the whole day together-and night.
The next morning Charlie meets Harriet’s sister who is really odd.
They way she talks about her sister Harriet is a bit off.
Rose Michaels: Well… you know Harriet.
Charlie Mackenzie: Well, actually, I don’t.
Rose Michaels: But you did have sex with her.
Charlie Mackenzie: Hello!
Rose Michaels: Let me make you some breakfast.
Charlie Mackenzie: Oh, gee, you know, I’d love to. But you know, I’m really running late, but thanks!
Rose Michaels: What would you say to silver-dollar pancakes, fresh-squeezed orange juice, bacon, and Kona coffee?
Charlie Mackenzie: Well, that sounds great!
Rose Michaels:[Cut to Rose pouring cereal in Charlie’s bowl] Sorry. I didn’t have those other things.
Charlie Mackenzie: No, no, that’s fine. That other stuff will probably kill you… whereas “Froot Loops” are light, and reasonably high in fiber. I care for “Apple Jacks” a great deal.
But while Harriet is fun, charming, and gives Charlie a great time; there is something not quite right about her.
She is evasive, needy, and slightly odd. She also has all kinds of things from all over the country that were given to her by “friends”. These friends being similar to Mrs. Xs husbands.
He tries to do some research into Mrs. X:
Obituary Writer: There’s another one here. Native San Franciscan. Plumber. Elliot, Ralph. Moved to Dallas, disappeared four months ago, body was found in a sewer.
Obituary Employee: Well, guy takes his job too seriously, life goes down the drain. [both laugh]
Charlie Mackenzie: Did they mention anything about his wife?
Obituary Employee: All right, okay. Look, I know that we’re talking about real people here. I’m sorry.
Charlie Mackenzie: No no, I’m serious. Did they mention the wife?
Obituary Employee: Look, I’m sorry you know. You know, I didn’t mean to make a joke about other people’s lives.
Charlie Mackenzie: No no, I’m really serious. Did they mention the wife?
Obituary Employee: You win, you win okay? I’m a bad person!
Obituary Writer: Just take it easy!
Obituary Employee: No, he’s sayin’ I’m insensitive! He’s sayin’ I’m a s***!
Obituary Writer: He’s not sayin’ you’re a s***!
Charlie Mackenzie: [yelling] Did they mention the wife? Did they mention the wife?
Obituary Employee: No! No! They didn’t mention the wife! Ya happy? [speaking to the whole office] YEAH! Oh yes, yeah. I’m insensitive! I’m a very insensitive man! Stop you’re job, look at the insensitive man! That’s what they’re paying you for! [leaves]”
So he then asks his police friend Tony Giardino. Tony tells him that Harriet is not likely to be Mrs. X; but Charlie isn’t convinced. He starts watching Harriet closely on their dates and her behavior is odd and off.
He eventually gets so terrified that he breaks up with Harriet, happy to have outlived Mrs. X.
Or is he happy? He misses Harriet and keeps thinking about her.
Was he wrong to break up with her? Then his friend, the police detective Tony, tells him that they caught Mrs. X. It wasn’t Harriet!!! Charlie was wrong! He overreacted! His imagination ran away from him!
He tries to get back with Harriet, but after he dumped her no dice.
Does he give up?
So sweet, right?
Everything is going well, so well that Charlie asks Harriet to marry him.
“Charlie Mackenzie: Marry me.
Charlie Mackenzie: Please?”
It is weird how Harriet was trying to make them more formal and pushing the relationship forward, but at marriage she balks. After Charlie explains how much he cares and talks to her, Harriet agrees, but then at the wedding acts weird again.
They head off to a romantic honeymoon. All is going well!
Meanwhile, Tony is working when he finds out that the woman who claimed to be Mrs. X is a compulsive liar!
He tries to get a hold of Charlie, but a storm knocks out the power lines and the message is cut off. Tony heads up to their hotel to try and save them, he ends up commandeering a car from the dad from Beethoven and living out his fantasies of being a TV cop.
So now Charlie is trapped with an ax murderer!
So while they make it seem as if Harriet is an ax murderer, I was convinced the whole movie that it was really Rose?
I know, Rose has like only a few minutes in the film but while Harriet is weird-
Rose seemed like:
Yeah, a real psycho. I think I suspected her because of the way she talked about “their” home and how Harriet always leaves for a little while, but then “always comes back.” The way she said “always comes back” made me think she was either obsessed with her sister or afraid of losing her forever-and was killing Harriet’s husbands without her knowing. Yep, I think Rose is:
Meanwhile, Charlie is terrified of Harriet-thinking she is going to kill him.
But when he gets alone he discovers a “Dear Jane” letter. A letter that appears that it was signed by him! Saying he was leaving her!
To make things even more surprising he finds Rose in his honeymoon suite!
And she has an ax!
Now he gets in a game of cat and mouse as he has to run for his life!
In the end they all live happily ever after. Rose gets the help she needs in prison, Harriet knows that she wasn’t dumped and left and that Charlie loves her, and Charlie loves Harriet and knows she won’t kill him.
No facebook cover for this one either. Man the movies I have picked have been hard ones to find a moment to use. Oh well.