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Smiles to go around

Author: lagudafuad from Nigeria
20 December 2012

All smiles no wrinkles, Father of the Bride 1991 remake of the 1950 movie of the same name, is a movie that touches every area of the heart, making you smile all the way through, as you look forward to giving your own child away.

The cast brings warmth, the combination and ploy done by George Banks (Steve Martin) who can arguably be regarded as the cheapest man alive, were all too funny to make you turn away. After seeing this movie at a young age I couldn't wait to get another dose of it again, hunting down the DVD so as to see George, Frank (Martin Short) and Nina (Diane Keaton) plan a perfect wedding to give their beautiful daughter away.

My sight for sore eyes in this flick is the beautiful wedding sneakers that George made for his daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams) just before her wedding. This movie can be said to be the best comedy that Steve Martin pulled, it is all cheers for you and the family.

The movie plot is a narration from George Banks to us the viewers about the things that led to his daughter's wedding. George is a successful owner of an athletic shoe company; he hasn't seen his daughter (Annie) for a while since she went to Europe so he eagerly awaits her arrival from Rome. Annie's arrival came with a surprise; she is engaged to be married to a certain Bryan Mackenzie (George Newbern).

George who stills see's Annie as his little girl was finding it hard to cope with the fact that his little girl was about to be a woman. To make matters worse he also has to pay for a flamboyant wedding that he did not plan for. George being extremely cheap now starts to think of ways to cut cost, and with the whole wedding plan all going on around him, George was in line for a nervous breakdown.

Father of the bride was the breakthrough role for Kimberly Williams, and it was a revival for Keaton who has been having flops after flops for years affecting her relationship with Disney, who didn't want to cast her in this movie in the first place.

Father of the bride is both a critical and financial success, it currently holds a 72% approval rating on the aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes and it spawned a sequel Father of The Bride 2 in 1995.

Here is a DVD collection that you should buy and keep watching anytime you feel blue.

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Great Remake - Better the Second Time Around!

Author: liza-vasquez-989-635562 ( from United States
29 January 2012

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Brilliantly fun and emotion filled remake; fresh, smart and written the way people really speak! The best of Diane Keaton and Steven Martin, perfectly matched. I laughed, I cried and I do every time I watch this movie; we own it and it gets better and better. A fabulous surprise - Martin Short delivering a truly memorable performance! There is a melancholy scene when dad, George goes outside when he hears Annie shooting baskets because she can't sleep due to the impending wedding the next day and he starts to shoot baskets with her and there are moments when, through his eyes, we see Annie as a little girl bouncing the ball and we hear Georges sad voice narrate his longing for his little girl, who is now leaving home never to come back to her old bedroom in her parents home.

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Martin Short Catches the Bouquet

Author: wes-connors from Earth
27 August 2011

Flustered father Steve Martin (as George Banks) is startled when his cute 22-yer-old daughter announces she's engaged to be married, upon returning to San Marino, California from studying abroad in Rome, Italy. Accepting wife Diane Keaton (as Nina) and excited bride Kimberly Williams (as Annie) immediately begin planning an extravagant affair. They hire flamboyant foreign-accented wedding planner Martin Short (as Franck Eggelhoffer). Handsome wavy-haired George Newbern (as Bryan MacKenzie), coincidently nestled in nearby Bel-Air, is the intended husband. Little brother Kieran Culkin adeptly parks cars. A little quaint for the 1990s.

****** Father of the Bride (12/20/91) Charles Shyer ~ Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Martin Short

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She'll always be Daddy's girl.

Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK
28 August 2010

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Charles Shyer directs this remake of the original classic comedy starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. This modernized retake has George Banks(Steve Martin)coming a little unglued upon the announcement of his daughter Annie's(Kimberley Williams)marriage to an independent communications consultant. Groom-to-be Bryan(George Newbern)tries to do everything right to make the best impression; Daddy Banks is just more than sentimental about "losing" his daughter, but he completely warps when he finds out what the wedding will end up costing. Trying to not get got up in the wedding planning, George thinks back about the good times he has had with Annie. Diane Keaton plays the mother of the bride. Martin is pretty funny without getting ridiculous. And the bride couldn't be more lovely. Also in the cast: Martin Short, Kieran Culkin, Peter Michael Goetz and Kate McGregor-Stewart.

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Pleasant combination of humor and sentiment

Author: long-ford from India
23 February 2009

'Father of the Bride' is equal parts sentiment and humor. It generally works and will leave the audience with a smile on their faces. The film cleverly mines nostalgia and parental love in an emotional climax. Steve Martin and Diane Keaton make a lovely couple. Martin is a bit restrained and breaks free only occasionally. There is a hilarious segment where he has an encounter with a ferocious dog while visiting the in-laws. Kimberly Williams-Paisley is charming. Martin Short and BD Wong play caricatures and manage to both annoy and amuse. The film is a watchable entertainer.

Overall 7/10

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Fun family fair

Author: gcd70 from Melbourne, Australia
18 August 2007

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This is a remake of the nineteen-fifty film by Vincente Minnelli. "Father of the Bride" tells the tale, or rather the traumas, of one father-in-law to be and his awkward misadventures in planning (and accepting) his daughter's wedding.

Steve Martin fits well into the role of the harassed 'had his day' father who is desperately trying to hang on to his little girl, while Kimberley Williams is an attractive bride-to-be. Comically though, the film belongs to Martin Short as the excitable wedding planner.

In the end, "Father of the Bride" is a happy ending type movie that will bring a smile to your face.

Friday, December 27, 1991 - Coburg Drive-in

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Father of the Bride

Author: verb_be from Australia
2 February 2007

Father of the Bride is about a father struggling to come to terms with his daughter growing up and getting married, when he thought she'd be a little girl forever.

And its about a daughter growing up and getting married, and her father struggling to come to terms with this, as he thought she'd be a little girl forever.

And a father thinks his daughter will be a little girl forever, he struggles when she is growing up and getting married.

On and on and on it goes. Montages. Voice overs. More montages. More voice overs. If you're taking a class in 101 ways to Beat Your Audience Over the head with Your Central Theme, this is the movie to see.

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A funny film with genuine insights

Author: hausrathman
3 February 2004

Steve Martin tackles the Spencer Tracy role in this successful remake of the 1950 domestic comedy. Granted, Steve Martin is no Spencer Tracy, but he gives a fine, and relatively restrained performance as the overwhelmed father. Structurally and thematically, the film follows the same course as the original, which is good. A fun addition is Martin Short as Franck, the ultra-trendy wedding coordinator. This is a funny film which serves up some genuine insights.

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Author: teeveetom from Chicago, USA
22 October 2003

I am 40, father of a young girl and will always want to watch this remake when it's on. I enjoyed the Tracy/Taylor version, but I connect with the updated version so much more. I agree with previous posters when they complain about the unbelievable nature of the house, the family, the money issues. Many things are fantastical here. However, I love sentimentality and nostalgia in my movies (It's A Wonderful Life is my favorite) and this movie captures the love of a dad and a daughter unlike many that have come before and after. Yes, it's displayed in an unrealistic setting, but the writing and then the acting of Martin and Williams set that all aside IMO. I will always cry (yes, a man who admits he cries watching movies other than Brian's Song) when I see the scenes of Martin remembering his little girl or during the moment of their last round of basketball the night before her wedding. These are very sweet, touching moments that many would think sugary, but when you're watching with your only warms your heart and puts a tear in your eye. A very sweet film overall.

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just read my review below... :)

Author: visions_77 from australia
25 September 2003

I can't get enough of this movie, not because its particularly good, but because i love analising it. My problems lie not such much with the 'movie' itself.. but with the BANKS family that take a leading role in this film. This movie is dripping with sugar from beginning to end. The Banks family come accross as if they've just stepped out Perfectville, a magical place where everything is perfect. Honestly.. the Banks seem to be the most sanitised family i've ever seen. They're the sort of folks that go to bed RIGHT ON TIME every single night, get up at the same time every morning, the daughter is perfect.. not only is she graduating from uni at 22, she's ALREADY FOUND the PERFECT guy to marry! She has no problems such as stress, being a poor student, money worries, depression, overeating, drugs or alcohol, in fact she comes across as a middle aged 22 year old. (a very boring one at that)

As a previous reviewer stated.. if Mr Banks (Steve Martin) is making a good living and they live in this huge mansion, and everything is perfect.. then why on earth is he worried about spending $75,000 on a wedding? It's only money.. and after all, this is the perfect family, not to mention the perfect daughter. It shouldn't even be an issue for him!

I have no problems with perfection aside from the fact that being 'perfect' is a myth and is purely subjective. This movie overdoses on sickly syrupy sugary cover-your-eyes cringey moments.. where everything is just soo sanitised and pure it begs the viewer to slap these characters to snap them out of it.

These people (regardless of how rich they are) wouldnt last a day in the real world. They would have heart attacks at the thought of how busy or hectic working/living life/running a family/running a business can be!

This is the perfect movie to poke fun at.. and that why i love it so much. All the actors do an excellent job.. it's just the shame the characters are so over-the-top perfect/pathetic.

4 out of 5 stars.

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