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Father of the Bride

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In this hilarious update of the much-loved Hollywood classic, Steve Martin turns in a winning performance as George Banks, the befuddled father who has a hard time letting go of his young daughter (charming newcomer Kimberly Williams) when she unexpectedly announces her plans to wed. Tickling funnybones and touching hearts of critics and audiences alike, this entertaining treat chronicles George's hysterical trials and tribulations leading up to the big event. Diane Keaton shines as George's patient, level-headed wife, while funnyman Martin Short lights up the screen as the off-the-wall wedding consultant. FATHER OF THE BRIDE promises to love, honor, and deliver the kind of motion picture fun you'll thoroughly enjoy.

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Kieran Culkin
  • Directors: Charles Shyer
  • Writers: Charles Shyer, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Nancy Meyers
  • Producers: Bruce A. Block, Carol Baum, Cindy Williams
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone / Disney
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 1999
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305327033
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,316 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Father of the Bride" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
I suppose I never saw Steve Martin replacing Spencer Tracey or Kimberly Williams replacing Elizabeth Taylor. The original film directed by Vincente Minnelli had charm and a number of fabulous sequences in it but Charles Shyer's film nicely updates the original film with some gut busting laughs for the ironic age. Shyer's films have a number of nice touches and references to other films including Martin commenting (as Banks) that he doesn't want to be bankrupt by the wedding and have to wander the streets in a bathrobe (a reference to Carl Reiner's film "The Jerk" starring Martin): Bank's character is named after George Banks (David Tomlinson) from the Disney classic "Mary Poppins"; the Bank's character's middle name of Stanley is borrowed from the father in the Spencer Tracey original and loads of other references to classic Hollywood films. This is the third turn for "Father of the Bride" (it was also a short lived TV series in 1960) and it's still delightful although this 15th Anniversary Edition is a year premature (the film came out in 1991).

George Banks' (Steve Martin) little girl Annie (Kimberly Williams) is getting married. All of the mayhem that you can imagine in a Steve Martin PG comedy ensues. Kimberly is marrying her college sweetheart Bryan (George Newbern). Banks doesn't have a problem with the concept of his daughter getting married but he does have an issue with his little growing up because, well, it means he's getting old, too. With delightful comic turns by Martin Short (as the wedding coordinator) and Diane Keaton, "Father of the Bride" unlike most remakes manages to update the material and make it work for a modern audience without betraying the emotional core that drove the comedy in the original film.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 26, 2007
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George Banks (Steve Martin) has just heard the words every father dreads. His daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams) has just announced that she's getting married to Bryan (George Newbern), a man she met while studying in Europe. While George's wife Nina (Diane Keaton) is thrilled by the news, George doesn't handle it well. After all, this means big changes happening in his life. And he doesn't cope well with change.

So, naturally, he handles this the way any dad would. He starts watching "America's Most Wanted" in case Bryan is on it. And when it comes to planning the wedding, his idea is cheap and informal, much to the women's dismay. Will he ever get with the program? And if he does, will he survive the big day?

This movie isn't a laugh until it hurts comedy. There are plenty of laugh out loud parts, but the humor is often subtler. While some of George's antics are definitely over the top and border on embarrassing, the movie manages to find the balance between embarrassment and humor. And the ending it truly touching.

And I can't say enough about the acting. Everyone is believable. In fact, what makes the movie work is the fact that every one of the characters and actors seems absolutely real. The exception, of course, are Franck and Howard, the over the top wedding coordinators played by Martin Short and B. D. Wong who absolutely steal every scene they are in.

Whether you've gone through a wedding or not, this movie will make you laugh and touch you. And what more could you want from a wedding, and movie, then that?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adi Adler on June 15, 2002
Format: DVD
Your only daughter comes home from Rome and is engaged! What would you do if you were her dad? Look every night for her fiance on 'America's Most wanted'? Hate his parents before even meeting them, then look through their checkbook? Dream of a barbeque wedding, or at least in the Steak Pit (the family's favorite restaurant) only to end up hiring a very expensive wedding coordinator named 'Frunk' with such a heavy accent you can't understand even a word he's saying? This what happens to George Banks (Steve Martin) - who has his own unique perspective on things, and his own loving fatherly logic that differs from everyone else's... This, or course, drives his wife Nina (Diane Keaton) crazy - since she's the 'sane' one in this relationship - who only wants a 'normal' wedding for her daughter... This all leads to hillarious situations, al broght to life by a great cast.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 14, 1999
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I have always loved Steve Martin, and that is no exception with this movie. Martin's portrayal of the father's mid-life crisis is great; funny without being overplayed. Kimberly Williams is fabulous in this movie. I think it is sad that we did not see her in more movies following this one. Her performance is captivating and quickly makes you fall in love with her character. You feel her wedding excitement and nervousness. Martin Short adds greatly to the film in his hilarious role as the wedding coordinator.
The story line is obviously not overcomplicated, but it still keeps you involved and interested in what will happen next. A solid cast and great direction make this a true treat to watch.
I LOVE this movie, and am do glad to see it come out on DVD since my VHS copy is practically worn out, and I can finally see it in widescreen again. Get it, you will love it.
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