Father of the Bride
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Father of the Bride
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The material has been successfully refurbished with new jokes and new attitudes, but the earlier film's most memorable moments have been preserved."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The strengths of these films are not so much laughs as sincerity and heart. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The film does work, but not quite as well as the Hepburn-Tracy classic that it seeks to replace. Mildly amusing."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Humdrum remake of Tracy classic, but has its moments with Steve Martin."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"[A] slight but delightfully sweet-natured new comedy starring Steve Martin."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
""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."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A charming, if pointless remake of the Spencer Tracy classic."
‑ , Film4
"See Spencer Tracy in the original instead."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Steve Martin's sweet-natured wedding weepy."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"For all its glad-handing of cheer and all-encompassing warmth, has a heart as tiny and cold and calculated as a Grinch's."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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