Father of the Bride
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Spencer Tracy received an Oscar nomination for his performance in this classic comedy. Stanley T. Banks (Tracy) is a securely middle-class lawyer whose daughter Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) announces that she's going to marry her beau Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor). From that point on, everything in Stanley's life is turned upside down. His wife Ellie (Joan Bennett) wants Kay to have the kind of formal wedding that she and Stanley never had, and between meeting his soon-to-be in-laws, the socially prominent Herbert and Doris Dunstan (Moroni Olsen and Billie Burke), his man-to-man talk with the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Under Vincente Minelli's crisp direction, the fun rarely lets up."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Thoroughly enchanting comedy about the trials and tribulations a middle-aged family man faces when the daughter he dotes on decides to get married."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Spencer Tracy gives a wonderful, Oscar-nominated performance in the titular role of this popular Minnelli- MGM comedy, which reflected the zeitgeist of post-WII America."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Tracy is at his comic best in the title role -- the father torn by jealousy, devotion, pride and irritation as the problems mount in the run-up to his daughter's wedding."
‑ , Film4
"This is one of the great dark comedies of the 1950s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This ostensibly lighthearted film about Spencer Tracy's Kafkaesque attempts to bring off his daughter's wedding is one of the bleakest films of a bleak decade."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A honey of a picture of American family life."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Nightmarish comedy, about the hunt for a wealthy husband and an expensive wedding."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Middle-brow comedy that makes you wonder about Minnelli's reputation."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Father of the Bride (1950) is a comedy of the travails and joys of a harrassed father experiencing his only daughter's expensive wedding."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"On the critical side: Minnelli could have timed many of the scenes so that laughs would not have stepped on dialog tag lines."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One of the best comedies MGM made in the 1950s."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"First rate Hollywood comedy, with good support from its stars and Elizabeth Taylor at her loveliest."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"An endless array of laughs and goosebump fodder"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Spencer Tracy's comic talent carries the more dated aspects of this sweet domestic tale."
‑ , Empire Magazine
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