Flashback: So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)

One of the best Romantic Comedy title sequences out there (just follow the helicopter to the mug):

For me, So I Married an Axe Murderer is everything 1990s. It is the self-conscious Mike Myers schtick from Saturday Night Live, it is San Francisco embraced, and it is the best darn soundtrack for lifting your spirits, especially today.

SIMaAM was not received well in ’93 (the late, great film critic, Roger Ebert, called it “a mediocre movie with a good one trapped inside”), Mike Myers was always hit or miss with fans (except when paired with Dana Carvey to create “Wayne” and “Garth”), and the overall product is sloppily edited with montages that prove more awkward than endearing.

I remember my middle brother telling me that he and his friend were the only people in the theatre when So I Married an Axe Murderer came out. “I’ll wait until it’s out on rent,” I said.

A couple months later, after a visit to Video Plus on the left side of the King Soopers grocery store, I popped in the VHS tape and was immediately hooked when The Boo Radleys sang “There She Goes” to the opening helicopter shot. Despite some Mike Myers blunderings and dated comedic oddities, the movie still works on a blundering, odd level.

The thing is, back then, and even today, SIMaAM jumps feet first into an unbridled optimism for life, the Romantic Comedy genre, “The City by the Bay,” and the butterflies in your stomach when you like someone. The comedy is in the title, and, yes, the title is a one-trick-pony that keeps you guessing and hoping it’s not true despite how much Charlie (Myers) wants things to work out with Harriet (Nancy Travis).

I needed a laugh last night (like many of us do these days) and a dose of nostalgia. I was grateful for my much younger and patient wife to sit next to me as I delved back in time to a movie of my naive childhood.

My middle brother reminded me about delineating the scope in which we viewed movies during this naivety and the one we see through as adults. Later, with maturity, we can “get” the jokes we didn’t get before and see right through a movie’s weakness that was easily forgiven as a young, amateur moviegoer who didn’t know any better.

Last night, I enjoyed both scopes, and I enjoyed the memory of my brother watching this nutty movie for the first time as well.

“I find my brother in there / Deep in my heart / I find my brother in there /

Hold in my arms / I love you”

-“Brother” by Toad the Wet Sprocket (right before the infamous honeymoon ending)

So I Married an Axe Murderer is the large cup of cappuccino when there were only 11 Starbucks stores nationwide in 1993. “Hello?!”

So I Married an Axe Murderer is the SNL beloved Phil Hartman cameo as the grim reaper Alcatraz guard.

“Everyone here calls me Vicki.”

So I Married an Axe Murderer is San Francisco. Other than Full House, my knowledge of San Francisco landmarks was thin as a kid. SIMaAM postcards the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Telegraph Hill, Diamond Heights, and any colorful nook and cranny you might be attracted to in “The City,” circa ’90s.

SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER: Mike Myers stars as a man with a history of making unfortunate romantic matches who falls in love with a beautiful butcher with a mysterious past in the world broadcast premiere of the comedy SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER. Credit: Fox Broadcasting Company

It’s Alan Arkin playing the likeable precinct captain/father figure character he will continue to play in about six movies after this one.

How about Anthony LaPaglia, who wants so desperately a precinct captain who will yell at him, throw things, and lay down the law?

So I Married an Axe Murderer is a momentous soundtrack, featuring what they called “Alternative Music” at the time: Spin Doctors, Soul Asylum, Big Audio Dynamite II…

It’s Mike Myers again, playing his Scottish dad with such a garbled accent, some of the jokes heard in ’93 are just as incoherent 27 years later!

Most importantly, So I Married an Axe Murderer is an innocent, funny, 93-minute escape – escape much welcomed indoors when we can’t go outdoors.


She was a thief
You gotta believe
She stole my heart and my cat…

Hey Jane…
Get me off this crazy thing…

Called love.

18 thoughts on “Flashback: So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)

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  1. Ahhh!!! I LOVE this movie!!! One of my all-time favirites!!! The dad is so hilarious. The insults at his son “Look at the size of that thing, it’s like Sputnik. He’s going to cru himself to sleep tonight on huge pillow.” 😂🤣😂🤣😂 And “If you think I’m sexy,” at the wedding! Lol. It’s such a gem!!

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  2. I watched it way back when. I did rent it…I remember it as a fun movie. Yea Waynes World and Austin Powers is about it with Myers for me. I did like this movie though.

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    1. This was the only SNL era I liked, to be honest: Dana Carvey, Mike Meyers, Chris Farley (RIP), Adam Sandler, and the late great Phil Hartman.

      On a side note, I tried sending you a video (I realize there are licenses and safety walls that prevent this for good reason) of my dad singing Johnny Cash to his neighborhood as they all sat outside – 6 feet apart – to a free nostalgic concert. I thought you’d appreciate that 🙂

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      1. I did like that era but the one I watch is the original which was before my time…Belushi, Akroyd, Radner, Murray and the one clinker…Chase.

        Did you email it?

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          1. They did experimental things and took chances…and had great musical guests.

            If you ever want to send something Bernie just email. You will find my email in the comment section in the admin panel.

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    1. So glad to hear it! So many bits to appreciate. I didn’t even understand what “Let’s get pissed!” meant when I was a kid, haha. “Piper down!” And, I finally looked up what’s in haggis. Oh my.

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        1. Honestly, this movie was my Scottish education. I’m glad someone like yourself can really appreciate it. The best part of all – Who even is that kid with the “head?” Is that Charlie’s younger brother? He doesn’t even speak! I love it!

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          1. As a Scot, I love the joke. I complain a lot about film that offer funny Scotsman stereotypes, but this film is observational genius. This is how Scots genuinely speak. Cheers to you for being a fan too!

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