Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride (1991)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1991
DVD Release Date: April 20, 1999
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it doesn't quite hit the heights of the original, this remake of the 1950 classic is pleasantly enjoyable, thanks in large part to winning performances from Steve Martin and Martin Short.

Henry Sheehan
Hollywood Reporter

The film's sole dramatic preoccupations are with broad physical comedy and unrealistically offbeat characterizations; a few moments of nominal pathos are really just structural pauses in the joke series.

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Time Out

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.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The strengths of these films are not so much laughs as sincerity and heart. [Blu-ray]

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The material has been successfully refurbished with new jokes and new attitudes, but the earlier film's most memorable moments have been preserved.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

"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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

[A] slight but delightfully sweet-natured new comedy starring Steve Martin.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Also one of the first movies I ever saw, and I have fond memories of that first shot of Annie Banks at the top of the stairs then gleefully sliding down the… More
Cassie Hill
Hillarious!!! This movie is just a wonderful story about Dads having difficulties letting go of their little girl. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
"I've seen this film more times then I can remember. My mother loves this movie and the one that followed it. So anytime it's on the T.V. we have… More
Dead Angel
This is a good family movie. I wouldn't say this was hilarious as some of the scenes seemed to be. But this was decent. I haven't seen the original… More
Melvin White
George: This was the moment I'd been dreading for the past six months. Well, actually for the past 22 years.  "A comedy about letting go."… More
Conner Rainwater
Not an incredible movie, but it's fluffy enough to enjoy. If you like the actors then you will like the movie, but if you don't then you won't.… More