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Father of the Bride (1991)

Steve Martin , Diane Keaton , Charles Shyer  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305327033
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,098 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Father of the Bride" on IMDb

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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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Father of the Bride: Parts 1 and 2 January 3, 2007
Both of these movies are feel-good movies. No matter how often I have viewed these movies, if I need to relax and laugh, I don't hesitate to pop one of these DVDs into my player. I highly recommend these movies and have bought Father of the Bride Part 1 for wedding and bridal shower gifts, and Part 2 for baby shower gifts. Everyone loves them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Touching Comedy December 26, 2007
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than usual remake September 22, 2006
Whereas many remakes of beloved films stumble and fall, this "Father of the Bride" shines in its own right.

The wonderful Steve Martin steps into Spencer Tracy's shoes (no enviable task)as the harried and worried father of the bride, George Banks.

Diane Keaton is lovely as Nina, George's wife and mother of the bride. She provides the grounding voice of reason to George's hysteria, much as Joan Bennett's Ellie did in the original.

Kimberly Williams is simply a breath of fresh air as Annie, the bride (taking the place of Elizabeth Taylor's Kay). Her enthusiasm, excitement and joy over her upcoming nuptials simply jump off the screen.

George Newbern as Bryan, the prospective groom, is solid and he proves to be as stable to Annie's excitement as Nina is to George.

Martin Short as Frank the wedding coordinator is priceless. His theatrics and mannerisms alone make this movie worth watching.

Kieran Culkin is appropriately cute as Annie's younger brother Matt.

The best parts of this movie? The sheer comedy. Martin's Banks is far more comedic than the more stoic Banks as played by Tracy - - Martin doesn't even need to speak, his expressions are priceless by themselves. Martin and Keaton also share a witty and comfortable banter that was not expressed in the original (where Tracy and Bennett slept in separate twin beds, as was the custom back in the 50s) The genuine love and affection between Annie and Bryan is also more evident in the remake, versus the almost too-proper courtship of Kay and Buckley in the original, where Kay announces she is marrying as if she is announcing an upcoming test or rainstorm.

That aside, though, the Tracy version seems somehow more solid and honestly touching than the remake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars British version didn't work on american dvd player
Be careful when ordering items from overseas.....they might not work on your machine....I really enjoy this movie, but alas am not able to play it...
Published 11 days ago by nevine carew
5.0 out of 5 stars still good 15 years later
Gift for my dad before I get married this summer! Such a fun movie, I had to do it! :)
Published 1 month ago by P. Everett
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great movie - bought it to watch after daughter got engaged
My daughter got engaged and this movie had to be watched again. My husband is much like Steve Martin's character, and we all got a great laugh and our fair share of tears watching... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shell Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie!
I have always loved this movie, but when my daughter got engaged recently, I just had to see it again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Judy Forehand
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy for Any Father of the Bride
Classic movie. A must for any future father of the bride. Haven't gone through all the extras yet, but it has the features you want for the price.
Published 3 months ago by David Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie, great edition
Great movie in perfect condition. Commentary from one of the producers/director of the film.

Highly recommend for anyone who likes the movie or if you haven't seen it,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Meredith O'Donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie.
I was not a SM fan until this movie came out. He finds a nice balance between his goofiness & sensitivity. Character shows precious love for his daughter & it is sweet to watch. Read more
Published 4 months ago by not needed
5.0 out of 5 stars Father of the Bride (15th Anniversary Edition)
Chose this for my daddy and me because I'm getting married. A classic, funny tale about parents coping with kids growing up and moving on.
Published 4 months ago by Frenchiegurl03
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
A classic! I watched this as a kid, and appreciate it even more being married and out of my parents' house. Its a great price on here! Check it out if you never saw it!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julie K. Ladd
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve and Diane with a Nancy Meyers story line. Can't beat that.
What can you say this movie had Steve Marin and Diane Keaton. It is also a Nancy Meyer film. What more can you say.
Published 4 months ago by victoria
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