I do not recommend a vast majority of these films. In fact, a good 80-90% of these are anywhere from…
Father of the Bride
Love is wonderful. Until it happens to your only daughter.
George Banks is an ordinary, middle-class man whose 21 year-old daughter Annie has decided to marry a man from an upper-class family, but George can't think of what life would be like without his daughter. He becomes slightly insane, but his wife tries to make him happy for Annie, but when the wedding takes place at their home and a foreign wedding planner takes over the ceremony.
God I love this film. 22 years old and it still holds up after multiple rewatches. I don't remember when I first saw this, but ever since then it (and its sequel) has been one of my all-time favorites. I don't know what about it hooked me back then but it still holds true today.
Steve Martin is atop my list of funniest people out there. While I am not a fan of The Jerk and haven't seen all of his filmography, he still is a favorite of mine. There are few that I find funnier than Mr. Martin, and he is close to his best here.
Martin Short is the other stand out in this film for me. I…
Comedies these days could learn a thing or two from Father of the Bride. It is funny without making a joke out of the characters, it has very little conflict, choosing to just go with the idea that puting on a wedding is conflict enough to base a movie around, and it is actually a charming experience.
This morning I awoke around 6 am for seemingly no reason. Knowing that I had over six hours until I had to be in class I found myself scuffling through my DVD binders. Father of the Bride catches my eye. I insert it into my laptop. It's now 8 am and I'm recovering from what was a nostalgia filled re-watch. I'm blinded by my love for this movie and it's actors. I completely ignore every cliche moment or obvious flaw Father of the Bride has. I can't stop quoting Martin Short under my breathe. I'm trying not to awake my room-mate. I find myself missing my parents and younger sister. It takes a special film to make me do some of these things. Father of the Bride is that special film to me. Spectacular film-making? Nah. Special script? Probably not. Damn good movie? Yes.
Watching this through nostalgia-tinted glasses is a wonderful experience and one that could beat a cold and clinical objective viewing any time.
I unabashedly try to hold on to sentimentality and value earnestness and uncynical ideals. Therefore I am a strong believer that nostalgia is not necessarily a bad thing when watching films.
A film, any film, from the highest 'art' films to the basest low-brow comedies, uses symbols to try and elicit a response from the audience. There are the signals and the signified, for instance in the poster for Kubrick's Lolita Sue Lyon is sucking on a lollipop. But she's not really, is she? The lollipop is the signal that signifies something metaphoric.
Similarly (and maybe this is…
While a prime example of the safe Steve Martin that was a shell of his former self, he's also the reason this works. Father of the Bride is working a direct sentimentality you don't see very often anymore - you either get the sarcasm and angst Apatow sense of family or you get one buried under phony tropes. Not that this rich athletic shoe owner is exactly the common man, but Martin's direct approach to the story is the reason I watched this way too many times growing up (and haven't for over a decade). It's by no means a fantastic movie but it's an easy sit-with-the-girlfriend watch.
If I were to recast this with current actors, I don't know why but I'd want to see this with James Gandolfini. He's the only other person I can think of who could work the comedy, direct sentimentality, and angrily flip out under the stress.
An enjoyable yet average comedy.
Lifted from the sickly sweet, shitty bottom of the barrel by the wonderful Steve Martin and an outstanding Martin Short.
"I vill go talk to Honk. Now, we don't want to lose him, Hiss a genius and we need his maaaaand!"
George: You look like you're enjoying seeing me in here.
Nina Banks: Enjoying? Do you think it's enjoyable to get a phone call telling you to come down to the police station because your husband's been arrested for stealing hot dog buns?
George: Drive carefully. And don't forget to fasten your condom.
George: Seat belt! I meant, I meant seat belt.
Growing up in the 80's and 90's this was one of those movies we watched quite a bit as it is very family friendly and Steve Martin is hilarious. Then when I got older and started to watch older classic movies I realized that this was a remake of an older version with Spencer Tracy and Liz Taylor. Both are fantastic and to be honest this has to be one of the best remakes of a movie. It holds up very well it doesn't feel dated at all and it is what family movies used to be a movie that everyone could enjoy and just sit back and laugh. As to which is better this one or the original I don't think one is better than the other as I find them both great and both should be seen so if you like this one see the original also a rock solid 8/10 from me.
Boring saturday at home, with nothing to do, watching random movies on tv...
It was an emotional movie because it involved family and independecy and growing up, issues that I am too familiar with!
I practically have this film memorized. It was in constant rotation in our home growing up. I haven't seen it probably in ten years. Watching it with my ten year old daughter is a whole new experience. It is as funny and heartwarming as ever, yet now somewhat prescient. A modern family classic.
generally I don't like this type of movies, but this one is special. Steve Martin is terrific. And it shows how much a father love his daughter.
Who can forget Martin Short as Frank? I mean, who?
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