Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride (1950)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1950
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a terrific script, great performances from Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, and assured direction from Vincent Minnelli, Father of the Bride endures as a sparkling comedy of its era.

TIME Magazine

Under Vincente Minelli's crisp direction, the fun rarely lets up.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Thoroughly enchanting comedy about the trials and tribulations a middle-aged family man faces when the daughter he dotes on decides to get married.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Old-fashioned, star-studded, father-daughter comedy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A honey of a picture of American family life.

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TV Guide

One of the best comedies MGM made in the 1950s.

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Variety Staff

On the critical side: Minnelli could have timed many of the scenes so that laughs would not have stepped on dialog tag lines.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

What makes the movie, and particularly Spencer Tracy's performance (arguably his finest), so exceptional is the manner in which it gently brings up the unavoidable heartbreak in this most enduring and celebrated of traditions.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Elizabeth Taylor is classy as the original Kay Banks, though the 1950s twenty-something-who-lives-at-home-before-she-gets-hitched can't afford to be as… More
Aj V
Yes, this movie has a theme which remains relevant to us today, and it has it's funny scenes, but I found it mostly boring. Not bad, not good, but… More
Jim Hunter
A middle-class attorney has difficulty affording his daughter's wedding. Comparing this film to the Steve Martin remake yields some interesting… More
Jennifer Xu
It's not terrible, but sometimes Spencer Tracy is such a HAM. Maybe it's because I watched it first, but I thought Steve Martin's character was… More
Daniel Perry
Spencer Tracy, as the grumpy, titular father, puts this film on his back and carries it. Incredibly dated, but still a loveable film, and one that features a… More
John Ballantine
I never saw the Steve Martin version but I hear that the remake is no different than the original in showing a benign and sometimes funny family. This results… More