Father of the Bride

1991

Father of the Bride

Critics Consensus

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 wedding will cost (when George goes through the card file for invited wedding guests and is told someone is deceased, George chirps, "He died? That's great!"). As George is ignored during the mad preparations for the wedding, he wistfully looks back to all the good times he has had with Annie and sadly looks forward to the time when he loses his little girl. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast

Steve Martin
as George Banks
Diane Keaton
as Nina Banks
Martin Short
as Franck Eggelhoffer
Kieran Culkin
as Matty Banks
George Newbern
as Bryan MacKenzie
B.D. Wong
as Howard Weinstein
Peter Michael Goetz
as John MacKenzie
Kate McGregor-Stewart
as Joanna MacKenzie
Richard Portnow
as Al, the Tux Salesman, Al
Martha Gehman
as Andrea, Andrea, the Florist
Barbara Perry
as Female Factory Worker
Frank Kopyc
as Dan, Dan the Field Engineer
David Pasquesi
as Hanck the Caterer
Ira Heiden
as Stock Boy
Thomas Wagner
as Police Officer
Marissa Lefton
as Annie (age 3), Annie at Three
Sarah Rose Karr (II)
as Annie (age 7), Annie at Seven
Amy Young
as Annie at Twelve, Annie (age 12)
Annie Meyers-Shyer
as Flower Girl
Morgan Dox
as Bridesmaid
Elisa Mandell
as Bridesmaid
Natasha Wieland
as Bridesmaid
Eric Kay
as Usher
David Day
as Usher
Ed Williams
as Reverend
Patricia Meyers
as Guest at Reception
Irving Meyers
as Guest at Reception
Mark Steen
as 1st Waiter, Waiter #1
Robert Bauer
as Waiter #2, 2nd Waiter
Kevin Shaw
as 3rd Waiter, Waiter #3
Bruce A. Block
as Photographer
Peter Murnik
as Patrolman
Steve Tyrell
as Bandleader
Tom Irish
as Ben Banks
Eugene Levy
as Singer at Audition
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Critic Reviews for Father of the Bride

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (13)

  • The film's sole dramatic preoccupations are with broad physical comedy and unrealistically offbeat characterizations; a few moments of nominal pathos are really just structural pauses in the joke series.

    Dec 20, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • [A] slight but delightfully sweet-natured new comedy starring Steve Martin.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Father of the Bride

  • Jul 29, 2015
    Also one of the first movies I ever saw, and I have fond memories of that first shot of Annie Banks at the top of the stairs then gleefully sliding down the banister, the father-daughter basketball grudge-match underscored by "My Girl," the puppy-dog fiancé played by George Newbern, radiant matriarch Diane Keaton, and it goes without saying, Steve Martin's manic meltdown over eight hot dogs versus twelve hot dog buns! I've always loved Kimberly Williams' crystal blue eyes and feisty exuberance, long before she did "The 10th Kingdom" and added a Paisley. Both Williams sisters for that matter (Ashley who played HIMYM's Victoria). This remake definitely feels more modern with many augmenting details like George's shoe company, the impish little brother-cum-valet, and Annie's career-driven life outside of love and family. Martin Short's and B.D. Wong's over-the-top wedding planners are over-the-top, but what are you gonna do?
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2014
    Steve Martin as George Banks plays the part perfectly: the overly concerned father who is trying to accustom himself to the fact that his little girl is growing up. It is especially difficult for him to get adjusted to the idea that she is going to be a married woman and that he is going to have to compete for his daughter's love with his future son-in-law. A really beautiful film.
    Billie P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2013
    Father of the Bride is a heartwarming tale that's sure to make you laugh and cry. Steve Martin stars as George Banks, whose daughter returns home from studying abroad in Europe with the shocking news that she's engaged to be married. Co-starring Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, and Martin Short, the film has an excellent cast. However, it's Martin's performance that steals the show, and the comedy really plays to his strengths. But, the film is also really good with the dramatic and emotional moments too; which makes for an especially touching father/daughter relationship. A wonderful and charming comedy, Father of the Bride is an inspired film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2012
    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.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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