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Betsy's Wedding (1990)

Offbeat fashion student Betsy Hopper and her strait-laced investment-banker fiancé, Jake Lovell, just want an intimate little wedding reception, but Betsy's father, Eddie, a Long Island ... See full summary »

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Eddie Hopper
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Mr. Hopper - Eddie's Father
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Lola Hopper
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Stevie Dee
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Gloria Henner
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Connie Hopper
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Nate Tobias
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Offbeat fashion student Betsy Hopper and her strait-laced investment-banker fiancé, Jake Lovell, just want an intimate little wedding reception, but Betsy's father, Eddie, a Long Island construction contractor, feels so threatened by Jake's rich WASP parents that he blows the ceremony up into a bank-breaking showpiece, sending his wife, Lola, into a financial panic. Pressure from Betsy's extended family to include their joint Jewish and Italian-Catholic heritage in the ceremony doesn't do much to assuage the title character's worries, nor does the lovelorn bitterness of her older sister, Connie, who's single, her parents assume, because she has the audacity to pursue the unfeminine profession of police officer. With all of his funds tied up into the money pit of a house he's building, Betsy's dad has to turn to his crooked brother-in-law, Oscar, for financial assistance, and soon a soft-spoken but menacing young mobster named Stevie Dee is supervising Eddie's construction project and ... Written by Anonymous

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The wedding picture doesn't always tell the whole story.

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22 June 1990 (USA)  »

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Three Daughters  »

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$19,740,070 (USA)
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Catherine O'Hara and Joe Pesci were also in Home Alone (1990) and it's sequel. See more »

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At the construction site in New York, George and Stevie Dee never wear protection helmets, which is a standard procedure involving authorized and unauthorized personnel working or visiting the site (even Eddie uses a helmet and he's a visitor just like Stevie and George are). See more »

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Stevie Dee: I could be whatever you need. I could do anything for the woman I love. I believe in saying what you feel. You are the blood in my veins, I would walk through fire for you. I will always be available, I belong to you.
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Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.698 (1991) See more »

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Come Fly with Me
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
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Good-hearted, well-intentioned comedy with realistic characters...but it's not that funny
28 January 2002 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

I have to admire Alan Alda for writing a film that contains characters we can actually relate to. Characters who seem like normal, everyday people and not farcical Hollywood creations. The problem? The film hardly goes anywhere. And I only got a few laughs. I'm not asking for "The Naked Gun." I'm not asking for a new gag every two minutes. But this film just didn't have enough humor to classify itself as a comedy. It needed an extra dose of energy, and I feel Alda should've stayed in front of the camera. Because his direction is flat, and the whole movie just seems like one big home video. Though the movie is only a little over ninety minutes, I felt some scenes belonged on the cutting room floor.

The cast is superb and first-rate, and they could've shined with a funnier script. Joe Pesci is the best of a lot, in a role quite different from his usual wise-cracking, tough-guy-from-Brooklyn act. Other talents are Catherine O'Hara, Anthony LaPaglia, the late Madeline Kahn and Molly Ringwald.

My Dad used to say, whenever he would watch a bad comedy, "I guess they call it a comedy, since there's no tragedy in it." That's how I can classify "Betsy's Wedding." No tragedy, but the laughs are scarce.

P.S.: Look fast for Samuel L. Jackson as a taxi dispatcher.

My score: 5 (out of 10)


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