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Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride
Starring:
Steve Martin, George Newbern, Diane Keaton and Kimberly Williams


Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Frank and Chris  
Release date: December 20, 1991

Who would have expected 'The Wild and Crazy Guy' Steve Martin to play Spencer Tracy's role as the Father of the Bride. Not only does he have the part, but he carries it out extraordinarily well. The 1950 version was nominated for best picture but lost out to All About Eve. This version is updated to the 90s but has the save scrip.

George Banks (Martin) cannot accept that his 22-year-old daughter is leaving him for another man. He imagines her as a little girl and is not ready to give her up to the world in the presence of her fiance, Bryan MacKenzie (George Newbern).

Supporting Martin is Diane Keaton, as the stable, understanding wife, and Annie, the daughter, is played by newcomer Kimberly Williams, who has a perfect face to play the bride.

The story is universal and ageless. It is just as believable today as it was in the 50s. It may appear to be3 a stretch to cast Steve Martin in this role, but 10 minutes into the film it is clear he is perfect. Bring your daughter, your father, your mother and even your son, or go alone, but be sure to put this one on your list to see.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Father of the Bride  A   A                     A 

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