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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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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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Loosely inspired by the 1950 Spencer Tracy film, Father of the Bride. 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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Georgie: I'm gonna give you a little advice about life. You follow this and you won't be sorry. "Don't screw with your brains, don't think with your dick." That's from the heart.
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Come Fly with Me
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Frankie Avalon
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The supporting players outclass the leads
12 September 2017 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Although "Betsy's Wedding" was written and directed by star Alan Alda, somehow the incidental characters dotting the supporting cast are far more interesting than the leading players (and I'm not sure this was intentional). Contractor and his wife in suburban New York need an extra $30,000 to pay for their unconventional daughter's wedding (if the bride-to-be is so offbeat and unconventional, I'm not sure why she wants to take part in the very conventional institution of marriage). Alda and Madeline Kahn are well-matched as husband and wife, but neither are very funny; as Betsy, Molly Ringwald, too, hasn't much to work with. Better are Ally Sheedy as the cop-daughter who can't find a man, Anthony LaPaglia and Burt Young as mobsters, Joe Pesci as Uncle Oscar and Catherine O'Hara as a glinty-eyed in-law. Alda writes group scenes with everyone talking at once as if he overdosed on "Father of the Bride" (1950) and Robert Altman's "A Wedding"--and even that would be fine if the arguments were colorful or amusing. Instead, Betsy gets upset when the wedding grows too big, or when nobody can agree on the music for the ceremony, or why grandma doesn't understand the exclusion of God from the wedding vows. Alda constantly aims for easy targets--too-familiar ones. *1/2 from ****


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