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Father of the Bride (1991)

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With his oldest daughter's wedding approaching, a father finds himself reluctant to let go.

Director:

Charles Shyer

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screenplay), Albert Hackett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... George Banks
Diane Keaton ... Nina Banks
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Annie Banks (as Kimberly Williams)
Kieran Culkin ... Matty Banks
George Newbern ... Bryan MacKenzie
Martin Short ... Franck Eggelhoffer
BD Wong ... Howard Weinstein
Peter Michael Goetz ... John MacKenzie
Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Joanna MacKenzie
Carmen Hayward ... Grace
April Ortiz ... Olivia
Mina Vasquez Mina Vasquez ... Marta
Gibby Brand ... David
Richard Portnow ... Al - the Tux Salesman
Barbara Perry ... Female Factory Worker
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In this remake of the Spencer Tracy classic, George and Nina Banks are the parents of young soon-to-be-wed Annie. George is a nervous father unready to face the fact that his little girl is now a woman. The preparations for the extravagant wedding provide additional comic moments. Written by Reid Gagle

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Love is wonderful. Until it happens to your only daughter. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Romance

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Trivia

Phoebe Cates was offered the role of Annie Banks, but had to decline it because of her pregnancy. See more »

Goofs

In the supermarket, George says that he's removing 4 hot dog buns from the packet of 12 because he only wants 8 buns to go with 8 wieners. Yet he does this with 3 packets of buns. So if he'd just taken 2 packs of 12, he would have the same amount as 3 packs of 8. But then he probably isn't thinking straight because he's stressed with the wedding plans. See more »

Quotes

Annie: Listen, I'm going to take Bryan for a drive and show him around.
Nina Banks: Okay, honey. Good.
George: Annie, it's a little nippy out. You might want to put on a sweater.
Annie: No, Dad, it's okay. I'm kind of warm.
George: There's a chill in the air, and you've been on a plane.
Annie: Dad, I'm fine.
Bryan: Annie, it is kind of cold out.
Annie: It is?
George: Yeah.
Annie: Alright. Thanks. I'll get my jacket.
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Crazy Credits

The words The End is cursively written at the end of the movie while George and Nina are slow dancing. See more »

Connections

References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Chapel of Love
Written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, and Jeff Barry
Published by Trio Music Co. Inc. and Mother Bertha Music, Inc.
By Arrangement with ABKCO Music, Inc.
Performed by The Dixie Cups
Courtesy of Sun Entertainment Corporation
By Arrangement with Original Sound Entertainment
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Has its flaws, but it still charms
10 August 2003 | by Captain EdSee all my reviews

"Father of the Bride" is a charming, family-accessible movie that showcases Steve Martin in one of his most likable roles. It has its flaws, some of which get on your nerves, but it never pretends to be more than pleasant fluff, and it will endear itself to you.

It's been commented that this almost seems like a parody involving the silly obsessions of rich white people, and you certainly get a sense that there is a lack of perspective on the part of all the characters, and not just Steve Martin, as it's supposed in the film. I mean, $250 a head for 300 guests comes out to $75,000, and that is a ridiculous amount to spend on a wedding. (The original guest list was almost 600 -- for a house wedding! -- and George's insistence on drastic reductions is portrayed unsympathetically.) The poutiness of the daughter, who is otherwise played to perfection by the beautiful Kimberly Williams, makes her seem like a spoiled little brat.

Also, in the first part of the movie, when Martin's character meets his daughter's fiancé, the natural fatherly impulse to dislike Brian (ably played by George Newbern) gets stretched beyond reality to something like a reverse Electra complex, and it gets kind of creepy for a couple of minutes.

However, I don't find it particularly offensive that Martin and Diane Keaton as his wife both own successful businesses, nor do I find it odd that the daughter is working on a Master's degree in architecture at 22 (most students get their BA/BS at 21 or 22). Just because two people have made successes of their lives does not mean they are bad or money-obsessed people, although Martin's reaction to the in-laws certainly suggests that he is insecure about his own status. In the Spencer Tracy original, the family was rich enough to call their maid by ringing a crystal bell, as I recall, and the naysayers don't seem to have a problem with that.

I found FotB to be mostly charming, given that it never really takes itself too seriously. Diane Keaton provides a steady and strong balance for Martin's frequent outbursts of nuttiness, and Williams and Newbern give a realistic portrait of a young couple in love -- even to the inevitable pre-wedding blow-up, which is resolved by an unlikely source. When my wife first saw this (I had seen it when it was released), we were in the middle of planning our wedding, and to this day we can watch this movie and find events that recall our own experiences. It's easy to relate to the movie and to most of the characters, most of the time.

Give yourself a treat, drop the class warfare for a couple of hours, and just watch this for the enjoyment of it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1991 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,031,146, 22 December 1991

Gross USA:

$89,325,780

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,325,780
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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