Father Of The Bride

"OK"

Father Of The Bride Review


It's really hard to feel too terribly sorry for the uptight George Banks (Steve Martin) when he bitches and moans about the ever-rising costs of his daughter's wedding in Father of the Bride. After all, he lives in overstuffed opulence in a Pasadena mini-mansion, runs his own company, drives an antique sports car, has a perfect and gainfully employed wife (Diane Keaton), and two perfect kids (Kimberly Williams and Kieran Culkin). Is the wedding cake outrageously expensive? Get over it, George.

In fact, that's what wife Nina (Keaton) spends most of the movie saying. And that's what you'll be saying, too, as George whines about having to buy a tuxedo, mopes about the disruption to the house, disapproves of the perfect young man (George Newbern) who has deflowered his daughter, and gets all frantic about meeting his future in-laws (who are even richer than he is). What's really happening, of course, is that George simply doesn't want his daughter to grow up, and his way of raging against life's forward progression is to get cranky about the upcoming wedding day. How do we know? Because George tells us in his self-pitying narration. This is the kind of movie that has plenty of both show and tell.

To be fair, the wedding is indeed spinning somewhat out of control because Nina and daughter have decided to hire Franck (Martin Short), California's toniest wedding planner, to arrange the whole thing. Along with his able assistant Howard Weinstein (B. D. Wong putting on a funny Long Island accent), Franck goes into overdrive, explaining everything in a hilariously unintelligible Eastern European accent that renders "cake" as "kak" and "George Banks" as "Jobunk." George hates Franck on sight but lets him take over. Soon George is reduced to little more than a writer of checks. Martin and Short work well together, but Short has no problem stealing the movie from Martin with his rapid-fire patter.

The wedding turns out to be lovely although George ends up spending most of the reception moving the cars that are illegally parked outside his house. The movie's biggest dramatic question: Will George get to dance with the bride before she's whisked away to her honeymoon?

Father of the Bride is the lightest of light comedies, a harmless little movie that probably didn't need four writers and eight assorted producers given that it's a remake. The 1950 original, starring Spencer Tracy and a drop-dead gorgeous 18-year-old Elizabeth Taylor, has a lot more heart and a lot less Hollywood sheen. At least the new Father of the Bride is better than its sequel (yes, a sequel to a remake), in which both Nina and daughter get pregnant at the same time, a most improbable turn of events, and one that turns nervous George into a mass of quivering jelly.

The new 15th Anniversary Edition DVD includes commentary from director Charles Shyer, plus a quirky interview between Short and Martin.



Father Of The Bride

Facts and Figures

Run time: 105 mins

In Theaters: Friday 20th December 1991

Box Office Worldwide: $89.3M

Production compaines: Touchstone Pictures, Sandollar Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Fresh: 30 Rotten: 11

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as George Stanley Banks, as Nina Banks, as Annie Banks, as Bryan MacKenzie, as Franck Eggelhoffer, as Matty Banks, BD Wong as Howard Weinstein, as John MacKenzie, as Joanna MacKenzie

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

After the formulaic thrills of The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, Marvel's Avengers were...

Son of Saul Movie Review

Son of Saul Movie Review

From Hungary, this year's Oscar-winning foreign film is a remarkably fresh take on the Holocaust...

Demolition Movie Review

Demolition Movie Review

With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas...

Bastille Day Movie Review

Bastille Day Movie Review

An attempt to muscle in on Luc Besson's Taken-style of thriller, this is an odd...

Secret Cinema Presents: 28 Days Later Movie Review

Secret Cinema Presents: 28 Days Later Movie Review

Expectations are a problem with this year's Secret Cinema event. After the jaw-dropping, goosebump-inducing surprises...

Jane Got a Gun Movie Review

Jane Got a Gun Movie Review

With its grindingly low-key tension and unusual perspectives, this Western has a chance to revamp...

Criminal Movie Review

Criminal Movie Review

Almost criminally entertaining, this preposterous thriller mixes buckets of humour and emotion into the violent,...

Advertisement
The Jungle Book Movie Review

The Jungle Book Movie Review

Using remarkably photorealistic animation, this remake of the 1967 Disney classic is warm and enjoyable,...

Eye in the Sky Movie Review

Eye in the Sky Movie Review

Almost forensic in its approach, this smart thriller explores a drone strike from a variety...

Midnight Special Movie Review

Midnight Special Movie Review

Gifted director Jeff Nichols takes on another genre in his fourth film with actor Michael...

Boulevard Movie Review

Boulevard Movie Review

This dark, introspective drama hinges on one of Robin Williams' final film performances before his...

The Huntsman: Winter's War Movie Review

The Huntsman: Winter's War Movie Review

Aside from success at the box office, there was nothing about 2012's rather uneven fantasy...

Black Mountain Poets Movie Review

Black Mountain Poets Movie Review

It's fairly obvious that the cast and crew began making this film with only the...

Victoria Movie Review

Victoria Movie Review

One of the most breathtaking films of the year, this ambitious story shifts from a...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.