Son of the Bride

2002

Son of the Bride

Critics Consensus

A film about one man's mid-life crisis, The Son of the Bride is both touching and funny.

86%

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Total Count: 57

91%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 6,503
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Movie Info

A family wedding brings out the best and the worst in the various parties involved in this warm but pointed comedy-drama. Rafael Belvedere (Ricardo Darin) makes his living running the restaurant ran by his father, Nino (Hector Alterio), and the combination of a stressful job and familial tensions are wearing him down to a frazzle. Rafael is divorced from his wife, Sandra (Claudia Fontan), he's all but a stranger to his daughter, Vicky (Gimena Nobile), and it's been almost a year since he last paid a visit to his mother, Norma (Norma Aleandro), who is battling Alzheimer's in a retirement home. Rafael has a girlfriend, Naty (Natalia Verbeke), but after a long day of work and dealing with his father, she finds he rarely wants to do anything but watch old reruns on television. With Norma's health declining, Nino decides that he wants to renew their wedding vows and give his wife the nice church service he couldn't afford when he was younger; however, arranging the affair turns out to be far more complicated than either Rafael or Nino imagined, and the circumstances lead to some profound changes for father, son, and the rest of the family. El Hijo de la Novia was directed by Juan Jose Campanella, who in recent years has been dividing his time between helming feature films in his native Argentina and directing episodic television in America.

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Critic Reviews for Son of the Bride

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (8)

Audience Reviews for Son of the Bride

  • Apr 08, 2009
    Director Campanella lives up and delivered a funny and deeply moving story, of Rafael a fifty-something guy going through a mid-life crisis. It's quite difficult to find this kind of films, because most of the films nowadays lose sight of the most important thing, the real human emotion,the real lives, the real feelings, the real love. The film was so beautiful and everything worked perfectly together, the writing, directing and acting. There is nothing to say about the people or their interactions, they were just being themselves as in real life, there we don't have heroes. No wonder it was nominated for Best Foreigner Language Film.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2009
    Fantastic movie, deeply moving and funny at the same time. Story of a middle aged man running a family restaurant, dealing with lots of things in his life, an ex-wife and a daughter he needs to spend more time with, a younger girlfriend whom he is having commitment problems, an old father who wants to remarry his wife who has alzheimer, a hearth attack and a very old friend who pays a visit. Ricardo Darin is very good here, he is my favoritte Argentinian actor, well I've seen three great Argentinian movies so far and he is in all of them! He is not a looker, he is no Dick Watson, but he is a great actor. The poem scene was very dramatic even through the english subtitles and the intercom scene was just perfect. AND WHO THE FUCK IS DICK WATSON!? Find out after the credits :)
    Serdar C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2007
    A very beautiful movie, it is incredibly sweet and those are some of the best Argentinian actors. It's hard for me to make a review of it. I love this movie. It made me cry, but not of sadness. It's just perfect. I've never seen so much simplicity combined wich excellence in a movie.
    Magali G Super Reviewer

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