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Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride (1991)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 11

While it doesn't quite hit the heights of the original, this remake of the 1950 classic is pleasantly enjoyable, thanks in large part to winning performances from Steve Martin and Martin Short.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

While it doesn't quite hit the heights of the original, this remake of the 1950 classic is pleasantly enjoyable, thanks in large part to winning performances from Steve Martin and Martin Short.



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Steve Martin stars in this remake of the 1950 Vincente Minnelli classic as shoe executive George Banks, whose happily married existence hits a bump when he greets his daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams), home from a semester studying in Europe. She tells her father that she is engaged to be married. When the shocked George asks to whom, she says his name is Bryan (George Newbern) and that he is an "independent communications consultant." George is even more shocked when he finds out what the



Nancy Meyers

Apr 20, 1999

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (11) | DVD (17)

Neither the '90s nor the husband-wife team of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer (they wrote the new version, she co-produced, he directed) can match the original film's grace or wit.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Best stuff here comes strsight from Martin, such as his frenzied antics in the in-laws' house or his ridiculous Tom Jones imitation in front of a mirror in a too-tight tuxedo.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Some sequences and dialogue are lifted directly from the original, but in the wider context, this merely serves to underline the remake's comparative lack of tenderness and subtlety.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The material has been successfully refurbished with new jokes and new attitudes, but the earlier film's most memorable moments have been preserved.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[A] slight but delightfully sweet-natured new comedy starring Steve Martin.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is a movie with heart, and there are little moments in it when Martin is deeply moved by the fact that this perfect creature he brought into the world is now going to start a family of her own.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The strengths of these films are not so much laughs as sincerity and heart. [Blu-ray]

May 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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"Father of the Bride" should bring a smile to anyone who's been in a family that's had a wedding-regardless of your point of view. But the sequel doesn't offer quite the same level of comedy and insight.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The film belongs to Steve Martin, whose crisp, almost bitter delivery, although frequently off-putting, manages to put an edge to a film that, without him, would be mush.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film does work, but not quite as well as the Hepburn-Tracy classic that it seeks to replace. Mildly amusing.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A charming, if pointless remake of the Spencer Tracy classic.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

Steve Martin's sweet-natured wedding weepy.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Humdrum remake of Tracy classic, but has its moments with Steve Martin.

June 21, 2008

See Spencer Tracy in the original instead.

January 17, 2008 | Comment (1)

For all its glad-handing of cheer and all-encompassing warmth, has a heart as tiny and cold and calculated as a Grinch's.

July 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central's not difficult to see why the film has endured since it's release or why a sequel was commissioned just a few years later.

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Not much more than a fluffy little valentine of a movie, but there's still some actual warmth and wit underneath the "been there, seen that, nice wedding" exterior.

June 8, 2005 Full Review Source:

This 1991 update of Father of the Bride may not be quite as touching or as funny as the older version, but it is still lighthearted, gentle, sweet, frothy fun.

June 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Is the wedding cake outrageously expensive? Get over it, George.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source:

Minor fluff. Not recommended.

July 16, 2004

A very funny film

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Given the excellence of 1950's Father of the Bride, the 1991 remake couldn't possibly have been more needless, though it at least gives Steve Martin a role which suits his wild and crazy talents.

April 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Father of the Bride

"I've seen this film more times then I can remember. My mother loves this movie and the one that followed it. So anytime it's on the T.V. we have to watch it. I enjoy it. It reminds me of how simple films use to be. There's not a huge story-line with this film, yet it still charms and holds ones attention. Plus it's funny. Not laugh out loud funny, but the kind that puts a smile on your face. The film feels comfortable. It's one of those movies you can always come back to and watch and know every line and every scene by heart, but still enjoy it just as much as the first time you watched it. It's a movie that never gets old. I only have a handful of movies that are like that for me. Plus there is three legends in the film, Steve Martin, Martin Short, and the great Diane Keaton. A great cast. If you haven't had the chance to watch it, do so. It's a great early 90's film."
November 20, 2012

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George: This was the moment I'd been dreading for the past six months. Well, actually for the past 22 years. 

"A comedy about letting go."

Father of the Bride is an amusing, heartfelt comedy. I wasn't overly impressed by it, but I did enjoy it. Steve Martin's performance is a little more subtle then his usual screwball routine. The movie happens to be much more entertaining than I thought it would be after the first 20 minutes or so. It started slow, with a speech by Steve Martin about what would occur in the film. It started to pick up once we met the daughter and her soon to be husband though. Mildly funny, but not laugh out loud hilarious, sums this up pretty well.

Father of the Bride follows a six moth period between George finding out his daughter, Annie, is getting married to the wedding day. George freaks out when he hears the news, not wanting his daughter to leave him. Then he starts freaking out even more when he sees all the stuff he has to pay for; swans, cake, tuxedo', and even roundtrip airfare for the grooms extended Danish family. He is constantly hounded with details about a wedding that he doesn't want to even occur. But like a good father, he does what he needs to for his daughter 

The films theme is sweet, and in the end it turns out to be a pretty touching film overall. I haven't seen the original, but I can definitely say it is on my to watch list. This remake is a pretty easy to enjoy film, but I suspect the original would be at least a little better. At least that's what I've been told. Worth a look, even if you're not a big fan of Martin.
January 1, 2012
Melvin White

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FATHER OF THE BRIDE, at times was a fun family comedy. Not much of it was actually funny, which is quite surprising, considering this is a Steve Martin movie, and usually he makes us laugh a lot. I thought of it more as a romance movie, and some think otherwise. That said, I enjoyed it. It's a good family movie that's not entirely kid-targeted (for once).
September 10, 2011

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