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Although I've seen this film numerous times, it was on UK Gold again yesterday and I was having a lazy day on the sofa, so I settled down to watch it. I was interested to watch it again because it's the first time I've seen it since I got engaged, so even though it's a classic film in its own right, I thought I'd find it more relevant than usual considering I'm going through the wedding planning stages myself.
"Father of the Bride" stars Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, which immediately gives this film the promise of being very funny. Steve Martin plays George Banks, the father of Annie Banks who has come home from college and announced that she is getting married. The lucky man is Bryan who comes from a wealthy family. George cannot accept that his little girl has grown up and no longer relies on him for everything, and decides he doesn't like her fiance. He tries to play the wedding down but it escalates and turns into an extravagant event with an extravagant wedding co-ordinator and the film follows the journey of the emotions that these big family events unveil.
I absolutely love this film. Although it's quite dated in some of its references (it is 20 years old!) it's a lovely touching film with a perfect balance between humour and tear-jerking moments. I think fathers and daughters will particularly relate to this film, and it's a good depiction of how the family dynamics change over time. In one of the opening scenes when Annie brings Bryan home to meet her parents, there's a great line I've never really noticed when I've watched it before. Annie and Bryan are about to go out and George is telling Annie to take a coat because it's cold. He advises her about three times to take a coat, but she says she's fine. Then, when her beloved Bryan says she should take a coat because it's cold, she pipes up "Is it? Oh thanks, I'll take a coat then". This is one of the moments when George realises that he's not the first man his daughter turns to anymore, and although it's a funny scene it also made me think about how my dad must feel now I'm getting married as I've always been a 'daddy's girl'.
Throughout the film we see the socially awkward George struggling to come to terms with letting his daughter go, and bedgrudging the big fancy wedding which is costing him a fortune. He comes downstairs one night and finds Annie asleep on the sofa with a wedding magazine next to her. The magazine is open on an article about having your dream wedding on a budget, with tips such as getting a friend to take the photos, or making your own wedding cake. He vows from that day that his daughter will get the wedding she wants, although he does insist on having a good moan about the cost to anyone who'll listen.
The film is littered with humorous incidents, such as the first meeting between both sets of parents where George manages to get into scrapes in their posh house. This reminds me of something my own dad would do! There's also a great incident in the supermarket where George is wound up and gets tipped over the edge by trying to find a pack of 8 hot dog buns but they only come in packs of 12. Things like this make me laugh because they're only trivial but when you're having a bad day it's the stupid little things that can really push you over the edge sometimes.
Overall, this film is very well acted, and I think it's acted from the heart which makes it so natural and easy to watch. Steve Martin really is in a class of his own, and I couldn't think of anyone else who could play this part and make it so funny yet emotional at the same time. The film has a happy yet sad ending, and reminds us of the inevitable process of people moving on and the changing dynamics of the family. This film is a timeless classic and one I'm sure I will enjoy again and again at various times in my life.
I've always enjoyed Steve Martin movies and for me he is one of my favourite actors as he is extremely funny without ever having to make much effort. Father of the Bride was released back in the early 1990's and I've watched it several times since then and have always been entertained by it.
The story of the movie is about George and Nina Banks who are eargerly awaiting the return of their daughter Annie after she spent some time in Italy. Her mother was excited when and surprised when she announces her engagement shortly after and George if stunned and also pretty adamant that she is too young to get married. So they have very different opinions on the marriage that is coming up and George for one is determined not to like her husband to be.
For me, I thought this movie was very entertaining and a great family film. It's worth watching as Steve Martin portrays a great father figure who is looking out for his daughter and at the same time is very funny. The best thing about this movie as opposed to some you see nowadays is that they don't resort to anything too stupid to make it funny. The majority of the movie surrounds the wedding plans as the engagement announcement comes quite early on in the film, meaning that we get alot of laughs watching Steve Martin's reaction to it all and panicking at times too over nothing.
George and Nina had been happily married for several years. George was content with his life and not ready for any changes. He was very much set in his ways. He loved his family and wanted the best for his daughter. This means he does some extreme and hilarious things throughout. While he flipped out his wife was the calm one. Steve Martin is perfect for this role.
This is a great family movie that is well worth watching as is great fun and really represents family values in a big way.
Although this film came out in 1991, it wasn't until a few years later that I actually bothered to watch it. But I am so glad I did and it remains a firm favourite that I can watch over and over again.
Steve Martin plays the main character and the story centres around him trying to come to terms with the fact that his little girl has grown up and is going to get married. His daughter, Annie, comes home from a 6 month trip to Rome and on her return she has changed. Being a creature of habit, George (Martin), is not particularly happy with that especially when she announces the news of her engagement to an "Independent Communications Consultant" that she met in Rome. However he has to come to terms with it and the wedding plans go forth with him funding but necessarily having a major say in it all, being pushed out by the wedding co-ordinators. His wife tries to keep him in check but this doesn't stop him having a mini breakdown in the supermarket over hotdogs or getting himself into some snooping trouble at the in-laws.
It really is an amusing film and I can imagine that would be what my dad would be like if I got married. There are all sorts of mishaps leading up the big day regarding George and you can't help but love the guy. I have watched this film many times and the wedding is just beautiful with the fairy lights in a marquee and swans and the flowers in the church. Maybe it also appeals to the little girl in us women out there. However the wardrobe is slightly dated. Diane Keaton also does a smashing job of playing the supportive and slightly swept away mother who attempts to keep George calm.
My only criticism is that Annie and her fiance Brian do get on my nerves a bit with the soppiness of their romance but perhaps this is deliberate because it gets on George's nerves as well!
I always enjoy watching it and I like George's sarcastic and sometimes pessimistic nature. I find that a lot of American comedies are directed towards the American humour but I like the dry edge to George and this takes away the "just another American romantic comedy" label I apply to most of these types of films. Definitely worth a watch or two or three!
Fatherof the Bride is an excellent little comedy that has a certain air of innocence and focuses on one mans struggle to deal with his daughters big day and the ensuing chaos that the event brings.
Steve Martin plays the reluctant father George Banks and his long sufferring wife Nina is played by Diane Keaton. Like a lot of fathers George has never really accepted that his daughter has gone and grown up and he still sees her as the little apple of his eye rather than a mature adult who knows her own mind.
Steve Martin is excellent in this sort of comedy as it allows him to combine his comic ability in the art of slap stick comedy with his ability to act the victim and to have that little boy lost look that he does so well as his attempts to cope with the upcoming nuptuals just sees him getting into embarrassing scrapes and situations. Keaton is great as his wife and she has good comic timing in some of her lines and compliments Martin well.
This is a nice safe family comedy that everyone can enjoy, it does have an overly sentimental ending but then that is to be expected with a film like this.
A nice safe comedy with quite a few funny moments in it earns it four stars from me.
I love this film, its always on TV around Christmas time and I am quite happy to sit down and watch it over and over. Father of the Bride came out back in 1991. This is another American comedy that stars Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. The film was directed by Charles Shyer and won an awards and got a few nominations. It was not really a huge hit at the box office but has been a big film ever since that loads of people seem to enjoy.
The film tells the story of George and Nina Banks. Their daughter has suddenly grown up and comes home from her trip away and announces that she is getting married. This is a real shock for George as he still sees his daughter Annie as his little girl. So the story follows the run up to the wedding, how George copes with this big change to all there lives.
For me this film is very relevant at the moment as my sister has just got married and I noticed my dad going through some of the things that George goes through in the film.
The storyline is very good and clever and it always keeps you interested. There are loads of really funny bits and lots of bits that make you squirm. This is a really clever idea for a film and it works really well. I love some of the one liners in the film and they really make me smile.
The film runs for 105 minutes which is just about right. The balance seems to be just right between the amount of content in the film and the pace the film moces along at.
The film is rated as PG. There is some mild swearing and a few crude moments but really nothing that should offend anyone. This is another film that you can watch with the family.
The DVD itself is nothing that special. It has a few trailers and things but nothing really that great.
Overall this is a really good film. For me I would say it is a classic comedy that everyone should enjoy. Even though the film is nearly twenty years old it still feels relevant today and can still be enjoyed. If you have never seen Father Of The Bride it is one you should really check out, its sure to be on over Christmas!
I love Steve Martin and make it a must to watch nearly every film that he stars in. After watching Cheaper by the Dozen, I was quite intrigued over how he would take up the "concerned dad" role again. I have to say that while I was really satisfied by Steve Martin's performance in the movie, was a little disappointed by the storyline and dialogue. While there are quite a few comic scenes and characters, there are also quite a lot of elements that could have been so, so much better. Many people claimed that Steve Martin was not up to his role in this film but after having watched it for a couple of times, it is my personal view that he did deliver as good a performance as always- his role was just very limited. I will not go to the extent of saying that the film was a pure flop to me, it did manage to make me laugh hysterically at certain bits, and I have to say that my eyes welled up at certain scenes. I was just disappointed to see that there were a lot more potential to both the plot and the acting; and such potentials were sadly not explored enough.
George Banks is ecstatic that his twenty year old daughter, Annie is coming back home from the Europe. Along with his wife, Nina, they are extremely happy to have their daughter back home again, until Annie drops the bomb and announces to her parents that she met a man in Rome and the two of them got engaged. While Nina is happy for her daughter, George completely jumps into the overly concerned dad routine. Very reluctantly he agrees to the wedding and hence the preparations start. But very soon Annie starts getting fed up with the way that her father babies her, and that's not to mention his numerous ploys to spoil the preparations...
My main complaint about the film mostly derives from the actress who played Annie Banks. Granted, Steve Martin was the obvious central figure in this movie, but I think that being the secondary lead character, Kimberly William-Paisley (as Annie Banks) should really have given a much better performance. Personally, I sensed her acting quite flat and monotonous; she was quite late with the appropriate facial and body languages. In addition, i sensed some forced enthusiasm in her voice during a couple of scenes. I was really not at all impressed with her performance in the movie. In addition, I think that her clothes, makeup and hairstyle made her look really too babyish to be getting married. I guess that this was some clever manipulation from the directors in order to make the audience view Annie from George's perspective, but to me, Annie did not look like an architect who was straight out of college and ready to get married. I think that maybe the illusion of Annie being seen from George's perspective would have worked, had the acting been better.
In addition, when I Googled a list of romantic comedies, this was one of the films that came up most often and I bought it while expecting the storyline to be a little bit more romantic. In fact, the audience is encouraged to side with the couple and laugh at the father's resistance. However, I personally did not sense any sort of on-screen chemistry between Brian and Annie. There was nothing in their couple which makes the audience feel happy for them as a couple; I did feel sorry (and somewhat amused) at Annie having to deal with such a difficult father but I certainly did not feel any sort of emotion when it came to the actual soon-to-be-married couple. If you ask me, this film is more suitable to be called a comedy, or a family comedy instead of a romantic comedy. Love was more or less in the background since the focus was mainly on George Banks and his daughter.
Steve Martin, like I mentioned, was quite in his element. There were many one-liners in the film and I think that he delivered them with his usual charm and wonderfully mastered the hilarious scenes. There were, however, a couple of overdone face twisting but sometimes, the plot reached such weak points that I believe that Martin's melodrama served to enhance these points. The storyline was good, like I said, but it could have been better because there are a few scenes that seem to be rather pointless. On the other hand, I sensed that some more important scenes were rather rushed off. That is why I particularly admired Steve Martin's performance in this film- I think that his comic ability made a somewhat striking contrast to these rather watery scenes.
In addition, I was also a little disappointed by the dialogue in the film. The one-liners were great but there were some jokes that really left a lot to be desired. In addition, this film genuinely holds a couple of heart-warming bits but personally, I found that the dialogue during these bits did not leave up to what was happening in the movie at these times. I was really expecting some more touching lines during the sentimental scenes. In fact, I think that a few profound lines during such scenes would really have enhanced the movie as a whole because it would have contrasted with the humoristic aspect of it- hence bringing more weigh to the audience's feelings.
The main cast includes:
* Steve Martin
* Diane Keaton
* Kimberly Williams-Paisley
* Kieran Culkin
* George Newbern
DVD Extras include:
* Behind the Scenes Interviews
* Commentary tracks
* Steve Martin & Martin Short Interviews
I particularly recommend the Steve Martin and Martin Short interviews if you want a good laugh!
Overall, I do believe that Father of the Bride did a marvellous and quite realistic job at depicting over-protective parents, as well as the various stress and arguments that might arise during wedding preparations. The dialogues and acting was somewhat disappointing to me but it is still a film that I reach for from time to time. If you feel that you can overlook some watery scenes and a slightly less than average acting, then I would encourage you to watch this film. Steve Martin somehow manages to save the day and he did add a lot of heartfelt emotions to the film as a whole.
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After arriving back from Europe, Annie Banks tells her mum, Nina and dad, George that she's fallen in love and is getting married to a wonderful guy named Brian McKenzie. George still sees Annie as his little girl and can't stand the thought that someone else is going to take his place as the main man in Annie's life. Nina however, is thrilled for her daughter and tries to get on with the wedding plans with her daughter.
George eventually plays along and they go to hire a wedding planner. Franck is the man who will plan the wedding; Nina and Annie just love him whilst George struggles to understand what he's saying and all he can understand is that this wedding is going to cost a lot.
The next stage is the meeting of the in-laws. George can't get over the mansion Brian's parents live in and feels out of his depth. Brian's parents turn out to be really nice although Brian's dad is slightly feminine and emotional. The fun begins when George goes to the bathroom, starts snooping around and finds the McKenzie's chequebook, of course, being George he has to have a look and if this isn't bad enough, throw a maid into the equation and some ferocious dogs and George ends up falling out of the window and right into the McKenzie's pool! Will this throw a spanner in the works?
It's a roller coaster ride for everyone with George in denial, Franck's strange accent, Brian's insulting wedding gift to Annie, the contrasting in-laws and a whole lot of other family antics, the important question is, will the bride make it up the aisle?
Played by Kimberley Williams. After going to Europe, Annie returns looking more grown up and her parents realise she's changed, what they don't realise is that she's madly in love and engaged to be married. There's much dispute especially when it comes to her hiring a wedding planner. George can't believe how much the wedding is going to cost; George even causes Annie to want to call of the wedding at one point because of his crazy antics.
Played by Steve Martin. The father of Annie and Matty and husband to Nina. He runs a sports wear company called 'Sidekicks'. The family lives in LA, in a beautiful home and George is definitely the head of the household and when his daughter, Annie announces she's getting married, he finds it hard to except.
Played by Diane Keaton. Nina is the calm level headed out of the married duo. When Annie says she's fallen in love with a guy called Brian, Nina is very excited. She is always the voice of reason. She, unlike George, likes the chosen wedding planner who, to give George his dues, is eccentric and has an accent that even the viewers may find hard to understand.
Played by Kieran Culkin. Matty doesn't get much of the attention throughout the movie but adds a little humour, he's the only one not freaking out about the wedding and his only concern is making sure his, 'left, together, right, together' walk for going up the aisle is up to scratch.
Played by Martin Short. The crazy wedding planner in the movie, Franck supplies the best humour especially in scenes with George as they clash a lot. George doesn't like Franck as he's a little too much for him to handle and also always costs George a lot of money. Franck is excellent throughout.
Amazingly, you can buy the double DVD collection for just £5 at places like HMV and Amazon. It's a comedy and a girlie flick, it's perfect for anyone, young and old.
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Being the soppy romantic that i am, films like this one defiantly hits the top as being one of my all time favorites. The film has been around for years and still today is one that i could watch over and over again. With Steve Martin being one of the main characters in the story you know that the film will never fail to deliver.
The plot is based in America, and is about the 'banks' family, the dad-George Banks the mum-Nina Banks, Annie-the daughter and the younger son Matty.
The dad runs his own trainer factory and at the moment loves life.
Annie has been away for most of the year studying and is due back when he gets home from work. Things are going great and they have a family meal together until she announces that she has met a man whilst traveling and that they are going to get married. George is overwhelmed to say the least and thinks that his daughter is to young and then lots of different thoughts go through his head that the man isn't right for her.
Annie gets upset that her dad does not approve, but brings him to meet the family the same night. Nina falls for him straight away but George isn't so sure. They tell her parents of how they met and plans for the wedding.
A few days later they meet a wedding planner to get the ball rolling, but when the planner rings George to tell him the total cost of the wedding he has a nervous breakdown and ends up in Prison for getting out of control in the supermarket. His wife comes to rescue him under the orders that he starts to accept that the wedding is going ahead.
The wedding plans all come together and they decide to have the wedding at George and Nina's house. A few weeks before the wedding and disaster strikes, Annie calls of the wedding because because her husband to be makes accusations that when George and Nina visited his parents house George had gone upstairs to root through his parents belongings, which Annie didn't believe and thought that her husband to be was lying, until she confronted her dad which then said it was true.
Will the wedding go ahead, if so will it go to plan or will it just be a typical American movie where something is bound to go wrong?
I love this film and could sit and watch it time and time again. The story line is brilliant and as well as being a romantic film it has a hint of comedy making it unmissable to watch. I think that Steve Martin as ever did a great job of being the father of the bride and showed probably just what most other fathers experience when there daughters are to be married.
I think my favorite character of them all has to be the wedding planner himself- Franck, he is just so funny and everything that comes out of his mouth has me in stitches, i think it's because of his accent and his personality overall. Him and George don't always see eye to eye which makes a great bit of acting.
Some scenes where funny and yet some made a tear come to my eye, Ok so the film isn't for everyones liking, but if your like me and want a feel good film to snuggle up and watch then this is for you.
It doesn't drag on neither and each scene is filled with laughter or tears so it doesn't get boring half way through like some Rom-Com films.
This is definately one of those duvet day films - the one where you make a hot choc, put the fire on and you're snuggly wrapped up in your duvet whilst the rain batters of your window. The film being from a list that you have probably watched a thousand times because it's such a sweet innocent story and even though you have many films that you haven't yet had time to watch,you still reach for this one.
Now I have only recently found out that it's a remake of a 1950's film and I for one think it was the best thing they could of ever done. This one was released in 1991 with Father of the Bride II following in 1995.
It is a comedy starring Steve Martin as the main character George Banks and his life funnily enough as "the father of the bride" and his thoughts on his daughter getting married and leaving him. Still seeing her as his little girl he finds it very hard to come to terms that she has grown up. It verges on George becoming ever so slightly insane at the thought of losing his little girl and finding it hard to deal with he makes excuses on why it shouldn't go ahead. Of course we know it is going to be a happy ending one way or another as the whole film seems very funny and very laughable.
The film lasts for approx 103mins. And it's a PG which is not recommended for small children due to some mild language and infrequent and mild references of sex/nudity.
You can buy this film for about £4 on amazon new or you can buy it with Father of The Bride II for £5.98. So treat yourself you won't be disappointed.
We were in the car on the way back home from Disney, as well as having my cousin's wedding the following day and me and my sisters were getting rather bored in the car. We decided to watch a DVD using our portable DVD player and after a lot of arguing over which one to watch we chose this (which was rather fitting as we had a wedding the following). It was a great choice of DVD as it such an enjoyable and funny film with great acting and a great cast which comes together to make this film Father of The Bride not only original and a great watch but also really suitable for all the family and anyone of all ages.
The general idea of this film is about a wedding and in an original and rather unique way it shows the wedding from the perspective of the father of the bride (played by Steve Martin). It starts at the end with George, the dad, setting after the wedding and he then goes on to tell how it all started with his daughter, Annie, coming home from a gap year having fallen in love with a nice man out there who has asked her to marry him. Nina, the mother, is really happy as is her young brother but George justs sits there imagining her as a small girl in pig tails!
The film goes on from there with George being pushed into accepting the husband to be and having to start to sort out the wedding which begins to cost him an absolute fortune. There is a great bit when he visits the in laws and ends up running away from the dogs, climbing out of the window and then dropping the father of the groom's bank book in the pool.
This film has many funny characters not only Steve Martin but also the wedding planner who speaks in a very funny way which is very hard to understand (particular for George).
Of course in the end all goes to plan and the wedding happens - although it is not so great for the dad who ends up missing it all, but everything is fine in the end.
I really enjoyed this film as wedding films always prove to be great and often very funny. This one didn't disappoint and offered the usual comedy and romance and a great plot - yet the fact that it was from the point of view of the father of the bride gives a unique advantage over other wedding films and for that reason i really enjoyed it.
The cast includes:
Steve Martin ... George Banks
Diane Keaton ... Nina Banks
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Annie Banks (as Kimberly Williams)
Kieran Culkin ... Matty Banks
George Newbern ... Bryan MacKenzie
Bartin Short ... Franck Eggelhoffer
B.D. Wong ... Howard Weinstein
Peter Michael Goetz ... John MacKenzie
Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Joanna MacKenzie
Carmen Hayward ... Grace
April Ortiz ... Olivia
Mina Vasquez ... Marta
Gibby Brand ... David
Price of DVD:
£4.97 from amazon.co.uk
This film was released on the 7th February 1992 and won the BMI film music award.
This is a great film and at this price certainly worth buying. The film is actually a remake from an original in 1950, which I have not seen, but if it is anywhere near as good as this version then it would be great to see.
This is just a great family film that everyone will love as it is full of comedy, romance and action.
I must have watched this film at least 20 times over the years. Yes, it's a little sentimental, but the feel good factor helps you get over that! I just love it. There are so many funny moments. Steve Martin is great, and not as silly as he can be in some earlier films, in which I find him quite annoying!
Father of the Bride is a remake of the 1950s Spencer Tracey/Elizabeth Taylor original [how brave must Steve Martin have been to attempt to take over that role?!]. It stars Steve Martin as George Banks. George is a happy man. He loves his wife [Nina -played by Diane Keaton] and his kids [Annie and Matty - played Kieran Culkin]. He's got a beautiful home, a successful shoe making business, and is finally feeling financially stable. Annie [played by Kimberley Williams] is due back from France and George can't wait to see his daughter. Annie is 22, but this fact seems to have escaped George, to him Annie is still his little girl. What George was not planning on was Annie announcing that she is getting married to Brian [George Newbern], a man who George has never met and is sure cannot be good enough for his precious daughter. Add the wonderful foreign wedding planner Franck [played by the hilarious Martin Short] into the mix and you have a very funny film indeed.
Will George get through to Annie and convince her not to marry Brian? Will George murder Franck? You'll just have to watch to find out!
Some of the best scenes in this film come from the interaction between George Banks and Franck. They are total opposites and seem to have completely different ideas about everything and as George becomes more and more wound up, Franck's accent responds by becoming harder and harder to understand!
The only thing that really lets this film down is when it gets too sentimental at the end, but, then, that really is what we've all come to expect with a film like this!
I think that all the actors do a fantastic job in this film, particularly Kimberley Williams. The part of Annie Banks was originally going to be played by Phoebe Cates [of 'Gremlins' fame] but she had to back out because of pregnancy. Kimberley Williams was a lesser known actress at the time but I think that the right choice was made when the prodcution team decided to give her a chance.
This DVD is a single disc and is great value [Amazon are asking just 4.97]. It's a lovely DVD to add to a chick flick collection although I think that it's funny enough for the boys to enjoy it too. I watched it with my husband just recently. He was very reluctant as he's not a Steve Martin fan, but he did admit that he really enjoyed it.
This film is so good! I like it because it has Steve Martin in it and its farly serious. Theres no really stupid parts in it, which would never happen.
His daughter comes back from Italy, her dad is really excited. She tells him she is engaged, he is gob smacked! George (STEVE) is not please , unlike Nina (Keaton) who is excited! George has to except it, the wedding planning begins, and george begins to lose it when the plans are costly especially with 'Franck' (Martin short). George has to let go of his little girl, iam mean she is a woman now! A great light film, it will make you smile and maybe cry. Go rent it even better go buy it. Youths with love this 13+ i mean its not a cartoon but no shakesphere either. Adults will love it too, however in my opinion it is an girly film!
George Banks (Steve Martin) can't wait for his little girl, Annie (Kimberly Williams), to return home from her trip to Europe, and longs to hear about all her adventures. But while she has been away, Annie has done a lot of growing up, and on her return she shocks her parents with the news that she has become engaged to be married. Reeling from this unexpected news, George has to accept that his little girl is now a woman, and on top of that he is going to have to accept that his prospective new son-in-law is going to be the main man in her life. Not surprisingly, George struggles to deal with all of this, and as the big day approaches, he realizes that he has going to have to get over these issues or else he may lose his daughter forever.
Never realizing that this was a remake of a 1950s movie of the same name, I had the pleasure of watching this family-comedy without comparing it to the original. The story focuses on George Banks, a middle class American, as he has to come to terms with his daughter growing up and flying the nest. On top of this he also has to put up with a very exuberant wedding planner who is spending his money as fast as he can make it. Although it's not the most original of stories and not a very solid plot, it is worked really well within this film, with Steve Martin excelling himself as the father, forced to accept the reality of his daughter growing up. At times the film is over sentimental, with the main characters being unrealistically nice, but this is what I have come to expect from an American family-comedy. Talking of comedy, this film has bucket loads of it, with the pairing of Steve Martin and Martin Short providing comedy at every opportunity. Although this is a comedy, it has a very real story behind it, and I'm sure many parents would watch this and be making comparisons to their own feelings about their children growing up.
In the lead role of George Banks is Steve Martin (The 3 Amigos) who although is not at his funniest, still brings his exuberant and energetic comedy to his performance. At times he comes over too sentimental but whether this is down to the direction or his acting it is impossible to say. Accompanying Steve Martin in the comedy stakes is Martin Short (The 3 Amigos) as Franck Eggelhoffer, a very enthusiastic French wedding planner. Between Steve Martin and Martin Short, they provide the majority of the comedy and it's hard to say which one provides the better performance. In supporting roles you have Diane Keaton (The Godfather) as George's wife Nina, Kimberly Williams (Coldblooded) as his daughter Annie, Kieran Culkin (The Cider House Rules) as his son Matty and Gerogre Newbern (Chicago Hope) as his son-in-law to be, Bryan. Too be honest all the supporting cast provide the required performances, Diane Keaton provides a balance for Steve Martin's comedy, Kimberly Williams comes over as fresh faced and loveable, and Kieran Culkin does what all Culkin's do best, play cute but annoying little boys.
The film is directed by Charles Shyer, who has more recently directed the 2004 remake of Alfie. Shyer has created a very enjoyable fun movie. Through his direction you really feel for George as he is forced into accepting reality. If I did have anything to complain about, then it would be the over sentimentality, but as I said earlier, this is what you should expect from American family-comedies, especially those from the late 80s and early 90s. The soundtrack to the movie is, in my eyes, very enjoyable with the majority of the songs harking back to the 60s, with highlights coming from "The Boy I'm Gonna Marry", "Beyond the Sea", "Volare" and "My Girl".
Steve Martin .... George Stanley Banks
Diane Keaton .... Nina Banks
Kimberly Williams .... Annie Banks
Kieran Culkin .... Matty Banks
George Newbern .... Bryan MacKenzie
Martin Short .... Franck Eggelhoffer
B.D. Wong .... Howard Weinstein
Peter Michael Goetz .... John MacKenzie
Kate McGregor-Stewart .... Joanna MacKenzie
Length: 105 mins
Conclusion & Rating
Father of the Bride is one of those films you just can't stop yourself from enjoying. Although the storyline is predictable and overly sentimental, it's still fun and has you laughing through out its duration. Part of its charm comes from its innocence and that is why it is such a good family film. No matter what your age, there is something for everyone in this film, whether you associate yourself with a character, or just love the comedy from martin and Short.
Father of the Bride is currently available on Amazon for £4.97, but you can also buy it with its sequel for just £7.97 on Amazon.
There are many things that I want out of life before I go but one thing I’m looking forward to is a simple moment in time that I can’t buy or ask for. That moment will be when I have a child and it looks up at me with tearstained eyes, open it’s small arms and just says “daddy”. Until that day I have something to look forward to and after it I’ll have a great memory to look back on. Some might think that’s not much of a wish, others will know that it is. Bearing in mind that wish - it may be of no surprise to those that have seen “Father of The Bride” that it is one of my favourite films. There aren’t many films around when you think about it that genuinely touch you and make you realise the things in life that are important. It’s not the amount of money you make or the car you drive but individual moments such as the one I look forward to - because happiness comes in small doses Main Cast ******** George Banks - Steve Martin - (Father) Nina Banks - Diane Keaton - (Mother) Annie Banks - Kim Williams - (Daughter) Franck - Martin Short - (Wedding Organiser) Theme ***** As the title suggests, this is about the “father” of the bride, but anyone involved in the organisation of a wedding will find they can relate to a lot of the content of this film. It is a genuinely funny film assisted greatly by Steve Martin’s great comic timing, facial expressions and superb acting. This film should be shown as an instructional video on organisation of a wedding – mainly as an educational tool for us poor naïve men. It is the story about a father’s love for his daughter and a comedy about the chaos that is experienced when organising a wedding. I suppose I can relate to this film mostly because although it is my own wedding I am currently involved in organising, I have begun to realise that all men have
a little of George Banks in them. One day in the future, if I have a daughter to give away, I know that I will be George Banks and this film will hit me again full force as I will be able to relate to every single scene. I’ll see my little girl through a father’s eyes stood in her wedding dress and for a second think she is six years old again playing dress up. I’ll remember the look of love in her eyes when I picked her up from where she fell and cut her knee and then I’ll realise with a heavy heart as I walk her down the aisle that she’ll never be my little girl again. She’ll won’t need me to protect her any more or put a plaster on her arm, she won’t need me to hug her and assure her everything’s alright when she wakes up from a nightmare. The film takes you through every aspect of the organisation of a wedding and although in typical American fashion it is on a much grander scale than most weddings most of us will see, the fundamental principles remain the same. Cake is flour and water *********************** One example is the Cake scene. Mother and daughter are looking through an album of wedding cakes, George sits uncomfortably in the middle trying hard to please his daughter and wife by trying to be interested. He notices a number and asks Frank what that is assuming that it must be a reference number. When he is told that it is the price it is highly amusing for the audience for different reasons – for the women because they can laugh at the naivety of men when it comes to wedding prices and men, because they know they would react exactly the same way. “Cake… Franck…is flower and water – my first car didn’t cost me this much!” You realise that men don’t understand the symbolic importance of the wedding cake to women as part of the whole day. I, for example, offered to save £200.00 + for a cake by making
one myself. Obviously now I am a wiser man. George is slowly left out of the organisation and quickly comes to understand that his role is to merely sign the cheques. This is not done in a bitter or resentful way but more of an acceptance that he knows that he is powerless to contribute anything else. Characters ********** Steve Martin/George Banks guides the story along with a helpful and heart-warming retrospective narrative in a “Wonder Years” type fashion. The film is funny when it should be and always manages to raise a smile or a laugh in perfect time to help you get past the lump in your throat. It never ruins the moment but uses the laughs to prevent the scene from getting too maudlin. It really is a wonderful combination and is always timed to perfection. Martin Short is excellent as the comedy relief epitomising in his character the chaos of wedding planning. He shuffles around at breakneck speed shouting orders at his assistants speaking as fast as he moves in a humorous accent which everyone but George seems to understand, again the accent being symbolistic of the whole wedding organisation, everyone manages to keep up and understand but George. Diane Keaton is great as his loving and supportive wife, Nina. You can tell by the look in her eyes, which is a sign of great acting that she understands what George is going through. She is affectionately amused at his ranting because she knows even better than he himself that behind it all is the desperation at losing his only daughter. Summary ******* This film will make you laugh and cry - often at the same time. It is a PG so anyone can watch it although younger children won’t be touched by the film on all the levels that it will succeed on touching the rest of us on. If you are or have been involved in organising a wedding you will definitely need some tissues. If you are a father yourself with a daughter who is getting married, you
might want to set the kitchen roll out before you press play and tell people that you have an itchy eye before the film starts. Watching It. *********** You can probably buy this for less than £10.00 at HMV or online because the film is ten years old today but not showing it's age. It's also shown on Sky Movies every now and then but usually on sunday afternoons rather than primetime. "Jill Murphy asked me to write about one of my favourite things to help her celebrate her fourth anniversary of cancer-free living and to remind ourselves of all the nice things in the world. It takes more muscles to make a frown than a smile you know. If you'd like to join in, whether you've only just joined dooyoo, or you've been here ages, you're more than welcome. Just write about one of YOUR favourite things, make your title "A Favourite Thing: [your choice]" and include this paragraph at the foot of your opinion. And post before Friday, 9th August."
As I'm getting married later in the year, I have a taste for all things weddingy and recently purchased 'Father of the Bride' on VHS from my local supermarket. This 1991 version directed by Charles Shyer and with, the very funny, Steve Martin is a remake of the 1950's Spencer Tracy / Elizabeth Taylor classic. Running Time: 105 minutes (just right!) Rating: PG (no sex or violence) Category: Family/Romantic Comedy The cast: Steve Martin: George Banks Diane Keaton: Nina Banks Kimberly Williams: Annie Banks Martin Short: Franck Eggelhoffer Kieran Culkin: Matty Banks B D Wong: Howard Weinstein Ed Williams: Reverend George Newbern: Bryan Mackenzie The Plot The film outlines the behind the scenes wedding planning and chaos that occurs to host a wedding. Steve Martin is excellent as George Banks the father of Kimberly Williams trying to deal with the reality of losing his little girl. Steve Martin portrays George's character wonderfully combining the stress and comedy of the situation with his emotions and love for his daughter. Martin Short is hilarious as Franck, the very eccentric, wedding planner who delights in running up an enormous bill for George to contend with (which he does of course as he loves his little girl so much!). It takes a lot for me to laugh out loud at a film (especially one that seems to cheesily american!), but I have to say I really giggled throughout this one. The film is warm and funny and suitable for the whole family. As I'm currently experiencing a similar thing, I really empathised with the characters, especially my dad! If you want to watch a very funny film that makes you feel all warm inside, I can highly recommend Father of the Bride.
Steve Martin stars in this 90s adaptation of the Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor comedy classic. Martin is the nervous father who embodies the sentiment that love is wonderful - until it happens to your only daughter.